2012 is a Leap Year and what’s a Leap Year without a Leap Day?
An ordinary year, obviously, which means 2012 is totally extraordinary and February 29th is all kinds of awesome!
Let’s celebrate this quirky and quixotic quadrennial calendar event by taking advantage of the bonus day!
Over the weekend, I was thinking about this extra day and how it could be looked at as a day to do something out-of-the ordinary. Something different. Something memorable. After all, it only happens every four years!
Here are some ways to make Leap Day different than any other day:
– Incorporate your “One Word for 2012” into Leap Day
– Try a new food
– Drive a different route to work
– Make plans after work
– Have a party or get-together
– Speak in an accent
– Buy coffee for the person behind you in line
– Wear a new style you’ve been wanting to try out
– Cross something off your “to do” list
– Go to a restaurant you’ve never gone to before
– Coin a new phrase
– Make a charitable contribution
– Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while
– Hand write a letter
– Buy yourself something you’ve been saving for
– Create an experience
– Document the day in pictures
The point is, you have an extra 24 hours.
What can you do with that time? How can you make it different? Memorable? Extraordinary? Daring? Fun?
I hope you’ll take the time to use your bonus day wisely!
Here’s a little Leap Year history in case you were wondering. (I know you were.)
– This anomaly only happens every four years.
– The last leap year was in 2008, and our next one will be in 2016.
– The reason it only happens every four years is because every solar year is actually 365 1/4 days. If you want to get specific it’s 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds.
– No year that is divisible by 100 can be a leap year, unless it is also divisible by 400.
– Egyptians were the first people to notice that the solar year and the calendar year didn’t match up.
– It wasn’t until the Romans designated Feb. 29 as Leap Day that anything was done with the calendar, though.
– In 1288 the Queen of Scotland passed a law about women proposing to men on Leap Day. If a man refused a woman’s proposal he would either owe her a kiss, a silk dress, or a pair of fine gloves. A woman could get her whole wardrobe in one day. The tradition of women proposing to men actually dates all the way back to fifth century Ireland.
– People born on Leap Year are called Leaplings. The chances of being born on Leap Day are 1 to 1,461. In normal years they celebrate their birthdays on Feb. 28 or March 1.