Well, the day has finally come. The one that we only see once every four years… February 29th! Here are a few fun Leap Year facts, compliments of The Calgary Herald:

  • Every four years an extra day—Feb. 29—is added to align the calendar year with the Earth’s motion around the sun.
  • On February 29, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone.
  • Calendar Year: 365 days. Solar Year: 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds. (The time it takes the Earth to orbit around the sun)
  • Every four years, the extra time adds up to an extra day.
  • According to legend, comic book super hero Superman was born on February 29 on the planet Krypton.
  • Because the extra time isn’t an exact six hours and to keep calendars on track, every hundredth year is not a leap year (1800, 1900), except for every four hundredth year, which is a leap year (1600, 2000).

Do you know any Leap Year babies? What are you doing with your extra day? Leave us a comment below!

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