Need More Time? Leap Year Gives Us An Extra Day

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Between homework, after school activities, and spring cleaning, all of us could use a little more time in our lives. Well this year we are in luck, as we will be rewarded an extra day in February as a result of a leap year.

Every four years there is an extra day added on to February leaving the year with 366 days instead of the usual 365 days. When this occurs the year is called a leap year. This year, 2016, is a leap year, adding Monday, February 29 onto the calendar. Here are 5 facts about leap year.

  1. You have a 1 in 1509 chance to be born in leap year according to co.

In every 400 years, 97 are leap years, so the odds are calculated by this equation:

The probability of people being born on a leap day is = 1/366 x 97/400 + 0 x 303/400= 97/14640

  1. Leap Year was created to keep the seasons regulated.

Put simply, these additional 24 hours are built into the calendar to ensure that it stays in line with the Earth’s movement around the Sun. While the modern calendar contains 365 days, the actual time it takes for Earth to orbit its star is slightly longer—roughly 365.2421 days.

  1. Some leap years are skipped stated com.

If the year cannot be evenly divided by 4 and divided equally by 100 (but not 400), it is skipped. So 2100 will not be a Leap Year but 2400 will be. Some skipped leap years are 1700, 1800, and 1900.

  1. There is an Irish tradition of a woman proposing on a leap year.

“One story, although much disputed, was St Bridget in the 5th Century. She is said to have complained to St Patrick that women had to wait too long for their suitors to propose. St Patrick then supposedly gave women a single day in a leap year to pop the question – the last day of the shortest month,” stated bbc.com “Another popular story is that Queen Margaret of Scotland brought in a law setting fines for men who turned down marriage proposals put by women on a leap year. Sceptics have pointed out that Margaret was five years old at the time and living far away in Norway. The tradition is not thought to have become commonplace until the 19th Century.”

  1. It is said to be bad luck to marry on a leap year stated com.

Greek superstition claims that bad luck will come to couples that marry during a leap year. Allegedly, one in five engaged couples in Greece will avoid planning their wedding during a leap year.