Don’t fool yourself. Today’s date is not March 1st, it’s February 29th or Leap Day. In honor of this odd day that only comes once every four years, here are a few leaps and things that leap!
2012 will have 366 days instead of the usual 365. Why? The Earth actually takes a little bit longer than 365 days to revolve around the Sun. 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds to be exact. This almost quarter of a day would set our calendars way off after awhile if it wasn’t accounted for by adding an extra day every 4 years. Thus, Leap Day was born and with it, a poem to mark its remembrance:
“Thirty days hath September,
April, June and November;
All the rest have thirty-one
Save February, she alone
Hath eight days and a score
Til leap year gives her one day more.”
Leap For Mankind
When you think of leaps, Neil Armstrong should come to mind. “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” were the famous words he spoke as he made the first steps on the lunar surface in 1969.
A local news anchor got a surprise when a lizard took a leap.
This adorable movie starring Amy Adams is all about the shenanigans of a young lady trying to pop the question to her boyfriend on Leap Day.
No, I’m not talking about the educational toy. This is all about the original playground game of leaping over the person in front of you!
Need I say more?
Leap… out of an airplane!
If you want to take the biggest leap, skydiving is about as big of a leap as you can get on Earth.
Leap… or Jump!
Another word for leap is Jump!
Leap Year Proposal
One Leap Day tradition says that a woman can propose to a man only on Leap Day.
Leap Day Birthdays
Having a birthday on Leap Day means you only really get to celebrate your birthday once every 4 years. Only four million people in the world have a Leap Day birthday. Here are a few of them:
Antonio Sabato Jr. (40) Model & Actor.
Tony Robbins (52) Motivational speaker.
Dennis Farina (68) Actor.
Joss Ackland (84) Actor.
Other Leaps You Can Take
Take a leap and make a change or do something whacky and out of the ordinary. Sign up for a yoga or craft class. Dye your hair a different color. Eat dessert before your meal. Going bungee jumping. Start a journal or a blog. Celebrate your un-birthday. Tell that special someone how you feel.