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When I was young, leap year was a mystery. I had a friend whose birthday fell on February 29, and though we were both born in the same year, Laurie always claimed to be a fraction of my age (1/4 to be exact). When I was 8, she insisted she was only 2. She didn’t turn 3 until I was 12. I have to admit, that phenomenon both confused and amazed my young mind. Obviously, I didn’t really understand what leap year was and simply accepted that Laurie must be pretty remarkable and unique for being born on such a special day.
Tomorrow is that special day, and Answers is abuzz with questions about leap year. Amanda C explains why we have a leap year, and MOM KNOWS EVERYTHING shares the formula for determining whether a year contains that mysterious extra day. I share uofiowagirl’s confusion about why it’s called a “leap year” when you’re actually adding a day, but effeykins sorts it out. If you’re hoping that your paycheck might feel a little heavier thanks to that surplus day, Bardic sets the record straight. Finally, despite Laurie’s insistence that she gained only one year to my four, the consensus is that leap year babies age at the same rate as the rest of us. However, when to celebrate a birthday in non-leap years is up for debate.
What I found most interesting is that February 29 is traditionally one of two days when it’s acceptable for a woman to propose marriage to a man (the other is Sadie Hawkins Day). Of course, customs have evolved and a woman asking for a man’s hand is no longer the outrageous act that it once was. But I wonder how many women will stick to the leap year tradition and pop the question tomorrow.
Will you do anything special to commemorate this leap year?
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