It’s the long year, folks, but you already knew that (didn’t you? didn’t you?).
In honor of that though, here are some things you might not know:
- We have Julius Caesar to thank for this calendrical phenomenon.
- Irish tradition states that this is the only day on which a woman can propose (like in the movie Leap Year), a decree supposedly set down by Saint Patrick himself.
- A person born February 29 is called a leapling.
- William A. Wellman, director of the first ever Best Picture winning movie, was a leapling.
- Hattie McDaniel, the first black person to win an Academy Award, was presented with her Best Supporting Actress Oscar on February 29, 1940.
- The chances of being a leapling are 1 in 1,461.
- And most importantly, I have no idea why it’s called a Leap Year.
Enjoy the extra twenty-four hours of 2012!