February 29th is special…it’s the reason that a season comes at the same time every year. According to folklore, leap year day gives those women who don’t want to wait for a marriage proposal the go ahead to pop the question themselves.
It takes the earth one day to complete one spin on its axis. The time it takes the earth to complete one trip around the sun is a year. But these units of time don’t divide evenly, resulting in our calendar year being 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and a little over 45 seconds long. Every 4 years we take those extra hours and minutes and fit it in an extra day, on February 29th, which we call Leap Day. Every fourth year thus is Leap Year. If we did not have the extra day every 4 years, in 100 years our calendar would be off by 24 days.
Since it only comes around every four years, here are some rarefied offers to celebrate the occasion:
Were You Born on February 29th?
If so, you’re in luck! Email a photo of your ID with birthdate and we’ll give you a FREE online CE course of your choice. Send photo to email@example.com along with the title of the course you’d like. (Select from any course @ www.pdresources.org.)
For Us Non-Leaplings :)
You can still save on CE through Leap Day – how about 29% off ALL courses? Just use coupon code LEAPDAY12 at checkout to apply savings. Coupon valid on future orders only (cannot be applied retroactively). Coupon expires 2/29/2012.
Happy Leap Day!
- Five Cool Facts About Leap Day/Leap Year (greetingcarduniverse.com)
- Except for February, Which Has 28… (ladypunch1.wordpress.com)
- Leap Year (didyouknow.org)