Seven fun Leap Year facts


Why do leap years exist?

It takes the Earth 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 45 seconds to circle once around the sun. However, our calendar has 365 days. We would lose almost six hours yearly if not for Leap Years.


Birthday wish come true

People born on Leap Day are called "leaplings" or "leapers." Most don't wait every four years to celebrate their birthdays, but instead celebrate their birth on Feb. 28 or March 1.

Odd birthday

Leap Year babies unite

About 4.1 million people around the world have been born on Feb. 29, according to What are the chances of having a leap birthday? About one in 1,461.


Famous Leap Year babies

If you were born on Feb. 29, you can share birthday cake with motivational speaker Tony Robbins, actors Dennis Farina and Antonio Sabato Jr., and rapper/actor Ja Rule.


Major events coincide

It may just be coincidence, but the U.S. Presidential election and Summer Olympics are both held on Leap Years. The UEFA European Football Championship also falls on Leap Years.


Women can propose

Look out gentlemen, Feb. 29 marks the day women are "allowed" to propose marriage. In times where gender roles were more concrete, this was a unique and bold thing to do.


An extra day of work

Congratulations! If you're on a fixed annual wage — you are working for free on Feb. 29. On the other hand, hourly workers get an extra day's pay for an extra day's work.


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