Leap Year? What?!

So, every four years there is a day added to February.  Why?  Okay, we know it's called a leap year when that happens, but still, WHY?

Why is it necessary:

The Gregorian calendar holds 365 days.  The earth's orbit around the sun averages 365.25 days.  In order to keep our calendars accurate and in accordance with the astronomical seasons, every four years an extra day is added.

What determines a leap year vs. a non-leap year:

Here is the math, broken down.

*2020 divided by 4 = 505 (with no remainder)

*2020 is not a century year so it does not need to be divisible by 100 or 400.  Therefore, 2020 qualifies for being a leap year. 

What the heck is a "Leapling":

First.  The definintion of Leap Day is the extra day added (February 29th).  A "Leapling" is a person born on this day!  Any Leaplings out there?!  Hit us up!  It's been foretold that babies born on Leap Day have speacial talents! Fluting songs through your nose maybe?  Let us know what it's like being a Leapling in the comments below. 

Facts about leap years:

  • Many moons ago, Leap Day was known as “Ladies Day” or “Ladies’ Privilege,” as it was the one day when women were free to propose to men. 
  • According to folklore, in a leap year, the weather always changes on Friday.
  • “Leap year was ne’er a good sheep year” (old proverb)
  • The odds of being born on leap day (Feb. 29th) are 1 in 1500.
  • The Australian Rocket Frog can leap over 2 meters.  So, the frog is the symbol associated to Leap Year.
  • On this day (Feb. 29th) you are working for free if you're on a fixed annual wage!
  • Without an extra day on February 29 nearly every four years, we would lose almost six hours every year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days.  Spring would still be winter.  Winter would still be fall.  Things would just be totally weird.  

Do you think Leap Year is good luck or bad luck?  Let us know in the comments below!

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