I've often heard during my younger days that those born on February are "kulang-kulang"/"sinto-sinto" because of such occurrence. Is this true? hmmm... =)
- WHY DO WE NEED LEAP YEAR? A leap year occurs every four years to help synchronize the calendar year with the solar year, or the length of time it takes the earth to complete its orbit about the sun, which is about 365¼ days.
- WHAT ARE YOUR CHANCES OF BEING BORN ON A LEAP DAY? About 1 in 1500.
- HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE BORN ON A LEAP DAY? There are about 187,000 people in the US and 4 million people in the world who were born on Leap Day.
- THE RULES FOR DETERMINING A LEAP YEAR: Most years that can be divided evenly by 4 are leap years. Exception: Century years are NOT leap years UNLESS they can be evenly divided by 400.
- WHEN DID LEAP YEAR ORIGINATE? The Gregorian calendar is closely based on the Julian calendar, which was introduced by Julius Caesar in 45 BC. The Julian calendar featured a 12-month, 365-day year, with an intercalary day inserted every fourth year at the end of February to make an average year of 365.25 days. But because the length of the solar year is actually 365.242216 days, the Julian year was too long by .0078 days (11 minutes 14 seconds).
That's all foks! *insert Looney Toons tune here*
Happy Feb.29 everyone!!!!!!