Wacky Leap Day Facts

Posted: February 29th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Leap Day is a strange day. By all accounts it almost doesn’t exist if you want to get philosophical about it. It might be a fun day to through a party in your apartment in Mooresville, NC, especially if it is you or a friend’s birthday.

Is it your birthday today? Did you know that people born on leap day, Feb. 29, are called "leaplings" or "leapers." Something to celebrate, you will have 75% fewer birthdays than the rest of us.

What are some other strange “Leap Day” Facts:

It was once thought that leapling babies would prove sickly and "hard to raise," though no one remembers why. (Fact courtesy about.com)

According to an old Irish legend, St. Bridget struck a deal with St. Patrick to allow women to propose to men – and not just the other way around – every 4 years in leap year. (Fact courtesy timeanddate.com)

In Scotland, it used to be considered unlucky for someone to be born on Leap Day, just like many consider it to be unlucky to be born on Friday the 13th.  In Greece it’s said to be unlucky for couples to marry during a Leap Year, and especially on Leap Day. (Fact courtesy timeanddate.com)

Astrologers say that those born under the sign of Pisces on Feb. 29 have unusual talents and personalities reflecting their special status. (Fact courtesy chiff.com)

The Magic Kingdom and Disneyland will be open for 24 hours straight today. The event, dubbed "One More Disney Day," will mark the first time in Disney's history that both parks will operate for 24 hours at the same time. The first 2,000 guests who enter can wear special Mickey Mouse ear hats. (Fact courtesy latimes.com)

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