Friday, February 29, 2008

Trivia For A ‘Hoppy’ Leap Year

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Today (Feb. 29) is Leap Year Day, but did you ever wonder about the history behind Leap Year?

Leap year occurs every four years, typically during years that are divisible by the number four.

Most Leap Years don’t occur in years that end in “00,” unless a year ending in “00” is divisible by 400, like the year 2000, which was a Leap Year.

Other Leap Year trivia includes:

  • Leap Year 2008 is the “Year of the Frog.”

  • Leap Day falls on February because it’s the month with the least number of days.

  • Julius Caesar took the first stab at establishing a Leap Year calendar back in 46 B.C., but Leap Years weren’t correctly inserted until 8 B.C.

  • People born on February 29 usually celebrate their birthdays February 28 or March 1 on normal years.

  • February 2008 has five Fridays in it. The month begins on a Friday (Feb. 1) and ends on Leap Day Friday (Feb. 29).

  • The last five-Friday Leap Year was in 1980, the next will be in 2036.

  • Finally, Leap Years are intended to keep our calendar in alignment with Earth’s revolutions around the moon. The length of a year is 365.2425 days.

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