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Fun Facts about Leap Year

Posted by Carrie Pierce on Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 at 11:01am.


As you probably already know, Leap Year occurs every four years, but did you know that every year divisible by 4 is a leap year? Here are some other fun facts:

  • Not only does Leap Year occur in every year that is divisible by four, it only occurs in century years that are evenly divided by 400.
  • 4 million people in the world are leap day babies. These babies are called leapers or leaplings and there is a one in 1,461 chance of being a leap day baby.
  • Astrologers believe that people born on February 29th have unusual talents
  • There will be 8 years between leap years 2096 and 2104
  • Women often choose this day to propose marriage to men. If the man refuses the proposal, he would be fined a kiss, a silk dress or twelve pairs of gloves.
  • Getting married in a leap year is considered bad luck in Greece
  • February 29th is also known as Rare Disease Day
  • Frogs are associated with leap years
  • There is an official Leap Day cocktail:

1 dash lemon juice

2/3 gin

1/6 Grand Marnier

1/6 sweet vermouth

Shake, garnish with a lemon peel and serve!



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