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Leap Day Links

I get really excited about random not-holidays, like Pi Day and 11/11/11. I don’t remember caring about the last leap year, or the one before that, or the one before that, or the one before that, or the one before that, and I wasn’t alive before that, so it seems probable that I didn’t care then, either. But I care now for some reason, and I’ve been looking forward to this day since someone told me two days ago that it was a leap year.

So with that, I wanted to share some of my favorite Leapstuff I’ve run across:

• 30 Rock had an entire episode about Leap Day that aired last week, taking it to Festivus levels of inventing a holiday equipped with a color scheme, traditional foods and a mythical mascot who gives candy in exchange for children’s tears.

• 11 Things has a list of random facts about leap day (11 of them, shockingly.) For example, Leap Day is not every four years – it is every four years unless the year in question is perfectly divisible by 100 but NOT perfectly divisible by 400. Um, what?

• The Daily What posted this awesome scientific explanation of Leap Year.

• The Daily What ALSO posted this not-as-scientific video of a girl who is very confused, and angry, about the existence of Leap Year

• A comic from Savage Chickens – I petition we move Leap Day to June

• Today’s Google Doodle combines leap day with the nineteenth century Italian composer who claims it as his birthday.

Got any fun leap day links? Share them in the comments.

(Also, I’ll try to post again before the next leap year.)

4 Responses to “Leap Day Links”

  1. Erica says:

    One of my favorite bloggers, Phil Plait (otherwise known as the Bad Astronomer), has a wonderful and math-filled explanation of Leap Day here:

    My favorite quote?

    “Because if there is a stupid way to do something, that’s how it will be done.”


  2. Jacob Stoops says:

    I think it would be cool and shitty at the same time to have a birthday on Leap Day. Good – you can always tell people how young you are. Bad – you only get a birthday party once every 4 years…

  3. Cheryl says:

    Erica – That’s awesome haha

  4. Cheryl says:

    Jacob – I would spend 3 years and 11 months whining about not having a birthday, and THEN one month demanding everyone care extra hard about my birthday. Repeat.

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