For your pleasure, here are 10 fun facts about Leap Day:
2. If your birthday is today, you can join the Honor Society of Leap Year Babies. I bet you get a trophy.
3. But if you're Scottish, you're, um, not so lucky. In the olden days, Leap Day babies were called "leaplings," and were thought to be sickly and difficult.
6. In the first century BC, Julius Caesar tried to fix the calendar with the Leap Year, but things still weren't clicking. If we'd stuck with his plan, things would be "off" every 128 days. So in 1582 Pope Gregory XIII stepped in and changed the Leap Year rules.
7. Which are: 1) A year must be evenly divided by four to be a Leap Year; and 2) Any year that's evenly divisible by 100 isn't a Leap Year... unless it's evenly divisible by 400, too. And thus we abandoned the Julian calendar and adopted the Gregorian one.
9. In Greece, it's unlucky to marry in a Leap Year, let alone on a Leap Day.
10. The Irish believe that all Leap Year traditions began in the 5th century, when a plucky nun named Brigid petitioned a powerful missionary named Patrick on behalf of all women. She believed women should play a larger role in choosing their husbands. Patrick supposedly consented, allowing women to propose every four years. Brigid and Patrick were later made saints.
Now you'll all be Trivial Pursuit rock stars. Happy Wednesday!
* * Fun facts compiled using The Writer's Almanac, Wikipedia, Project Britian.com, and CBC World News.