Top 10 facts about February 29

We’ve got an extra day of summer this year before the weather starts to cool down a bit! Here are some facts about Feb 29 that you may not know – happy leap day!

 

1. Our years are based on the Gregorian calendar, which is 365 days, however a complete orbit of the earth around the sun takes exactly 365.2422 days to complete – hence the extra day every four years!

 

2. Rapper Ja Rule has his birthday on February 29, as does rock singer Mark Foster and poet Lord Byron

 

3. There’s a leap year every year that is divisible by four, except for years that are both divisible by 100 and not divisible by 400

 

4. The chances of having a leap birthday are one in 1,461

 

5. Do you have a weird talent? Some astrologers believe that people born on February 29 have quirky talents, such as the ability to burp the alphabet or paint like Picasso

 

6.The frog is a symbol associated with February 29. The Australian rocket frog can leap over two metres

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7. Playboy billionaire Hugh Hefner opened his first Playboy Club on this day in 1960

 

8. People born on February 29 are called “leaplings” or “leapers”

 

9. Pisces is the zodiac sign of a person born on February 29, and amethyst is the birthstone for this month

 

10. On this day in 1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first African American person to win an Oscar for her role in Gone with the Wind