Weird, But True: Five Facts About Leap Day
February is sticking around for one extra day this year. This Saturday, Feb 29, is a leap day. Leap days usually occur every four years. Here are five interesting factoids about leap day.
Leap days are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth's revolutions around the Sun.
Here are five leap day factoids to share with your friends...
1- It takes the Earth 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds – to circle once around the Sun. This called a tropical year. 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.
2- According to an old Irish legend, St Brigid struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men – and not just the other way around – every four years. In some places, leap day has been known as “Bachelors’ Day” for the same reason. A man was expected to pay a penalty if he refused a marriage proposal from a woman on Leap Day.