Leap day happens to be my favorite day of the year, well, every fourth year I guess. Wikipedia explains Leap Year like this...
A leap year (or intercalary year) is a year containing one or more extra days (or, in case of lunisolar calendars, an extra month) in order to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year. For example, February would have 29 days in a leap year instead of the usual 28. Seasons and astronomical events do not repeat at an exact number of full days, so a calendar which had the same number of days in each year would over time drift with respect to the event it was supposed to track. By occasionally inserting (or intercalating) an additional day or month into the year, the drift can be corrected. A year which is not a leap year is called a common year.
I explain Leap Year like this...I FINALLY get to have a real birthday!
I often get asked, "When do you celebrate your birthday when there is no February 29?" To me, the answer is easy. "On the 28th and the 1st!" Seriously, why not?
Why do I think it's cool to have a birthday on Leap Year?
*I got my license when I was 4 years old!
*I was able to drink, well legally, when I was 5 1/4!
*Not many people share my birthday. I only knew of one other kid in my high school of 2000 people.
The best reason is...when people tell me to "act my age" I tell them, "I am!". Yes, complete with a sassy attitude!
So, how old am I this year?