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10 Interesting Facts about Leap Day
- The chances of being born on a leap day are approximately 1 in 1500 people.
- About 187,000 people in the US and 4 million people worldwide were born on a leap day.
- People born on Leap Day are called “leaplings.”
- In the majority of US states, to be eligible for any age-specific privileges (age 16 to receive a driver’s license, age 18 to register to vote, or age 21 to purchase or consume alcohol); they must wait until March 1. In England and Wales, the legal birthday of a “leapling” is March 1.
- Occasionally, we have to skip a regularly scheduled leap year. This happens during specific century years.
- Century years are not leap years unless they can be evenly divided by 400. Years 1700, 1800, and 1900 were not leap years; however, years 1600 and 2000 were.
- When 2/29 is entered into a majority of websites, online forms, or online surveys, it comes up as an invalid birth date.
- US Presidential elections as well as the Summer Olympic Games are both held every four years and occur during a leap year.
- In Greece, people believe it is bad luck to get married in a leap year. Conversely, in Ireland, women can propose to a man during a leap year.
- The next February 29 will come around again in 1,460 days.
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