Did you know that LEAP year only happens every 4 years? We think it’s pretty cool and found some fun facts for your reading enjoyment:
* The origins of Leap Year can be traced to the days of Julius Caesar. According to Highlights for Kids, it takes the Earth 365.25 days to travel around the sun. So if every calendar year had 365 days, it would be short by six hours per year. This problem was solved by adding one extra day to February every fourth year.
* Leap Day babies have their own exclusive club. The Honor Society of Leap Year Babies boasts nearly 10,000 members from around the world — and membership is restricted to people born on Feb. 29.
* In Norway, Karin Hendriksen gave b
irth to her children on three consecutive Leap Years. Hendriksen’s daughter Heidi was born on Feb. 29, 1960, son Olav was born on Feb. 29, 1964, and son Leif-Martin arrived on Feb. 29, 1968, according to the Sioux City Journal.
* Feb. 29 is the birth date of several celebrities, including motivational speaker Tony Robbins, actor Antonio Sabato Jr., rapper Ja Rule and four-time All-Star baseball player Al Rosen.
* According to Reuters, years ending in double zeros such as 1900 and 2100 are not considered leap years. But years ending in double zeros that can be evenly divided by 400 (such as 1600 and 2000) are leap years.
* In honor of Leap Day 2012, Disneyland and Magic Kingdom Park will be open for 24 hours. One More Disney Day starts Feb. 29 at 6 a.m.
And what better way for ALL of us to celebrate soemthing that only happens ONCE EVery YEARS??
Well, a sale of course.