February 29: Leap Year Day, Surf-n-Turf Day

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February 29

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★~ Today’s Quote: Use this day to do something daring, extraordinary and unlike yourself. Take a chance and shape a different pattern in your personal cloud of probability!” ― Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

★~ Leep Year Day: 

♥~ Leap Years are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the sun. It takes the Earth approximately 365.242199 days – or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds (a tropical year) – to circle once around the Sun. However, the Gregorian calendar has only 365 days in a year, so if we didn’t add a day on February 29 nearly every 4 years, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar every year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days!

♥~ Julius Caesar introduced Leap Years in the Roman empire over 2000 years ago, but the Julian calendar had only one rule: any year evenly divisible by 4 would be a leap year. This lead to way too many leap years, but didn’t get corrected until the introduction of the Gregorian Calendar more than 1500 years later.

♥~ In the Gregorian calendar 3 criteria must be met to be a leap year: The year is evenly divisible by 4; If the year can be evenly divided by 100, it is NOT a leap year, unless; The year is also evenly divisible by 400.

♥~ A leap year consists of 366 days, as opposed to a common year, which has 365 days.

♥~ The longest time between two leap years is eight years. The last time this  happened was between 1896 and 1904 and it won’t happen again until 2096 to 2104.

♥~ In Greece, people believe it is bad luck to get married in a leap year

♥~ Women propose to their men: According to an old Irish legend, St Bridget struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men – and not just the other way around – every 4 years. This is believed to have been introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how Leap Day balances the calendar.

♥~ In some places, Leap Day is known as “Bachelors’ Day.” A man was expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money, if he refused a marriage proposal from a woman on Leap Day. In many European countries, especially in the upper classes of society, tradition dictates that any man who refuses a woman’s proposal on February 29 has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves. The intention is that the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring. During the middle ages there were laws governing this tradition.

♥~ Norway’s Henriksen siblings are recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. The three siblings were born on three consecutive leap days. Heidi  Henriksen, 1960; Olav Henriksen, 1964; and Leif-Martin Henriksen, 1968.

♥~ The Keogh family has three consecutive generations born on Feb. 29. Peter  Anthony was born in Ireland in 1940; his son Peter Eric was born in the U.K. in  1964; and his granddaughter Bethany Wealth was born in the U.K. in 1996.

♥~ A person born on February 29 is called a leapling or leaper. A leapling only celebrates one quarter of birthdays than his true age. About 4 million people in the world have been born February 29

★~ Rabbit, Rabbit!

We may have an extra day this month but the end of the month has still arrived and you know what that means don’t you?  It’s time to prepare for the first of the month and all that can be yours by simple saying  ”rabbit, rabbit!” The first words out of your mouth on the first day of March must be “rabbit, rabbit”.

★~ Surf and Turf Day :

Surf and turf, surf ‘n turf, beef and reef, pier ‘n steer, or whatever variation you might call it, Surf and Turf day only comes  around every four years.  Variations abound, but the most frequently found components are lobster and filet mignon.

What is your favorite Surf and Turf combination?

★~ Born Today:

♥~ Happy Leap Year Birthday to Aussie Antoinette brother-in-law , Vince.

~ 1792 –  Gioacchino Rossini Italian composer who once said, “Give me a laundry-list and I’ll set it to music”: His father was a trumpet player, and his mother was a singer; He composed his first opera when he was only 14. In all, he composed some 39 operas, the most famous was The Barber of Seville (1816); he also wrote Cinderella (1817), Moses in Egypt (1818), and William Tell (1829).

♥~ 1916 – Dinah (Frances Rose) Shore Emmy Award-winning singer, entertainer: The Dinah Shore Show [1951], Dinah’s Place [1970]; Daytime Emmy: Dinah’s Place [1970]

♥~ 1960 – Tony Robbins American life coach, motivational speaker, author: Unlimited Power, Awaken the Giant Within, Giant Steps

♥~ 1976 –Ja Rule, American rapper and actor

♥~ 1980 – Chris Conley, American musician and songwriter/composer


Each week I look forward to, Marc and Angel Hack Life,  blog post. I thought this weeks post was especially good and did not want you to miss it…

Life is all about taking chances.  It’s about doing something you initially thought you could never do.  It’s about being a little crazy, following your heart, and not worrying about every detail of what everyone else thinks.  And above all, it’s about learning to love who you are and what you have.Here are twelve things to start caring about on your journey forward.

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14 thoughts on “February 29: Leap Year Day, Surf-n-Turf Day

  1. I actually know four people born on 2/29…though I’ve lost track of one of them. Two were college roommates! How cool is that! The third was another friend from college and the fourth is the woman who introduced me to my husband.

  2. Now you “know” another leaper – my son. Thanks for the Leap Year education! Since my son was born in a leap year, I think it’s a lucky year.

  3. The daughter of one of my dearest friends is a leaper! It’s easy to remember to send her a card because her birthday is just a few days before Domer’s.

    So we say “Rabbit Rabbit” on the first of every month??? I thought it was just February. Live and learn!

  4. I LOVE Lobster…my favorite of all foods. The thing is…it costs $35.00 for one at Red Lobster now, so I refuse to pay that amount and didn’t get it on my Birthday this year. sob sob. Will buy one at the grocery store and fix it myself a lot cheaper so I won’t feel guilty about eating it. So I guess I could allow a filet mignon on the plate.

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