WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU HAD AN EXTRA 24 HOURS?

I always hear people say:

THERE IS NOT ENOUGH HOURS IN THE DAY…..

I COULD DO SO MUCH IF I HAD MORE TIME…..

ETC…..

2012 is a leap year, with 366 days instead of the usual 365 days

THIS YEAR WE ALL GET AN EXTRA 24 HOURS

The Earth does not travel around the Sun in 365 days……it actually takes 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds.  Therefore, as the hours accumulated over the centures, an extra day was occasionally added to the calendar, and over time the practice became more or less official.

The Romans first designated February 29 as leap day, but a more precise formula (still in use today) was adopted in the 16th century when the Gregorian calendar fine-tuned the calculations to include a leap day in years only divisible by four – 2012, 2016, 2020, 2024, etc.

To make sure the calander stays in tune, another stipulation ruled that no year divisible by 100 would have a leap year, except if it was divisible by 400. Thus, 1700, 1800, and 1900 was not a leap year … but 1600 and 2000 were.

The longest time between two leap years is eight years. The last time this  happened was between 1896 and 1904 and it won’t happen again until 2096 to 2104.

Famous people born on Leap Day – Ja Rule, Anthonio Sabato Jr, Dinah Shore and Jimmy Dorsey

In Greece, people believe it is bad luck to get married in a leap year

St. Patrick of Ireland set February 29th as the day allowing women the right to ask for a man’s hand in marriage.

The Pirates of Penzance opera plays in the leap year birthday by binding Frederic into an apprenticeship until his 21st birthday.  Since Frederic’s birthday falls on February 29th, it means that technically he is only a young boy and won’t reach his 21st birthday until he is in his eighties.

The US Presidential elections are held every four years and occur in the Leap Year

The Summer Olympic Games are held every four years and occur in the Leap Year

Norway’s Henriksen siblings are recognized by the Guinness Book of World  Records. The three siblings were born on three consecutive leap days. Heidi  Henriksen, 1960; Olav Henriksen, 1964; and Leif-Martin Henriksen, 1968.

The Keogh family has three consecutive generations born on Feb. 29. Peter  Anthony was born in Ireland in 1940; his son Peter Eric was born in the U.K. in  1964; and his granddaughter Bethany Wealth was born in the U.K. in 1996.

Being born on leap day isn’t always fun and games. In non-leap years certain  countries legally recognize Feb. 29 birthdays on Feb. 28 or March 1, resulting  in hassles with birth certificates, driver’s licenses and entry fields on  websites.

A person born on February 29 is called a leapling or leaper. A leapling only celebrates one quarter of birthdays than his true age. About 4 million people in the world have been born February 29

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH YOUR “EXTRA” 24 HOURS?”

 

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One response to “WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU HAD AN EXTRA 24 HOURS?

  1. Great little factoid, Kari!
    I really don’t know what I’d do with an “extra day”, but it’s funny you’ve asked; I’m writing a novel about this extra time and what happens to a group of people trapped within it!
    Weird that you should explore this very subject, right?

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