Friday, February 29, 2008

Happy Leap Day!!!

Twenty-eight days has February
A very light load for one month to carry
The other months have 2 and 3 more
Thirty and thirty-one being their big score

In Leap Years the days they do vary
Making 29 days in February

No, I wasn't born on Leap Day, but this is just such an interesting day, yes? Imagine being born on this day and celebrating your birthday every 4 years! I'm kidding I'm kidding! :) But it would be cool to age in a waaaaaay slower rate than your peers wouldn't it?

Some interesting facts about Leap Day and Leap Year that I picked up in cyberspace:

A leap year is a year in which one extra day has been inserted, or intercalated, at the end of February. A leap year consists of 366 days, whereas other years, called common years, have 365 days.

Leap years are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the earth's revolutions around the sun. ---> to which I respond: HUH???? Apparently, if we DON'T have Leap Day, we'd lose something like six hours per year, which, really, isn't that big of a deal.....unless you're talking about years and years and years! Then it starts to make sense to add another day!

This one's for Zhar:

A tradition was introduced many centuries ago to allow women to propose to men during a leap year. This privilege of proposing was restricted to leap day in some areas. Leap day was sometimes known as “Bachelors’ Day”. A man was expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money, if he refused a marriage offer from a woman.

The tradition’s origin stemmed from an old Irish tale referring to St Bridget striking a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men every four years. This old custom was probably made to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how the leap day balances the calendar.



In other news, I'm still scouting around for some vacation deals for the States, for France, for after the Wedding Anniversary and/or after Rod and Zhar's wedding. Lots of things to plan for! But concentrating on Paris for now since we leave in a couple of weeks. Panic mode starting to warm up!!!! Acckkk!!!!

Thank goodness our passports and visas are in the in progress. Tickets and seats have more or less been finalized. Just the itinerary. You think Mother dear would go for a Segway tour? Hehehehe. I think that would be loads of fun, but we'll see what she says.


1 comment:

Zharmagne said...

Ummm.... do i strike you as someone who would propose to a guy?! Hahaha! I've actually turn down a lot of offers :p But thanks for the info I think my sister Zharro would be happy to know that. In case her guy still does not propose to her in the next 4 years.