It’s Leap Year Day

The calendar has conspired to make February a day longer this year, but never mind, there is an upside.

Ladies, this is your day to propose. Marriage, that is, to the sluggish man in your life who hasn’t thought to ask you yet. This tradition dates back to 5th Century Ireland when St Brigid allegedly struck a deal with St Patrick, allowing women this wonderful perk. The best luck goes to those women who wear pants or a red petticoat while down on one knee, by the way. If anyone proposes today, let us know and send in a picture.

Now, if the object of your desire refuses, you get a prize. 12 pairs of gloves or a silk dress, or a kiss. What would you choose?

Just to defuse all this romantic stuff, February 29 also marks Rare Disease Day. There are about 7000 diseases considered rare, such as Crohn’s Disease and Tourette Syndrome. Not that rare perhaps.

If you are a baby born on Leap Day, then bad luck, as you don’t have a proper birthday to celebrate most years!

Weatherwise, we continue with wet and windy.

Anyway, the worst is over. March cometh. By 28th March, the sun will rise before 6 am (though the clock change that follows affects that, making it an hour later) and sunset is around 7 pm (or after the clocks change, 8 pm) which will give us over 12 hours of daylight (nearly 13). YAY!

For the more factual among you:

Once every four years, an extra day is added to the month of February, taking it from 28 to 29 days. The Earth orbits the sun once every 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 47 seconds, but our calendar is only 365 days long. This means making up for the shortfall.  Apparently. Or so I just read.





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