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Top 50 interesting facts about Leap Year

Following is our collection of incredible Leap Year fact check articles and charts explaining insights about Leap Year. Sometimes weird, funny, and true Leap Year facts.

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What is Leap Year?
  1. In 2016 the oldest living leap year baby celebrated her 25th birthday on her 100th year of life

  2. Despite being divisible by 4, the year 2100 won't be a leap year, this happens every century if the year is not divisible by 400

  3. A deck of cards has a coincidental relationship with a calendar year. The sum of all cards is 364, plus one joker for 365 and an extra joker for leap years, four suits for the seasons, 52 cards for the weeks in a year, and two colors to represent night and day.

  4. Zappos has a 365-day return policy, but if you make a purchase on 2/29 of a leap year then you have until the next leap year (4 years) to return the product.

  5. July 2nd is the exact middle of a non leap year, 182 days both before and after today.

  6. Due to the inclusion of a leap day and two leap seconds, 1972 is the longest year in history.

  7. Your 10,000th day of being alive occurs when you are 27 years, 4 months, and (depending on leap-year cycles), approx 2 weeks old.

  8. The longest year so far was 1972. Being a leap year containing two leap seconds it lasted 31 622 402 seconds.

  9. American pop-punk band Blink-182 had scheduled their 2016 album 'California' to be released on July 1st- the 182nd day of the year. Unfortunately for them, however, it was a leap year.

  10. Every year people in a Spanish village dress up as the devil and leap over one-year-old babies laid on the street.

Data charts about Leap year

leap year fact data chart about Earnings - industry vs goverment. 14 years ago I left a safe
Earnings - industry vs goverment. 14 years ago I left a safe government job and took a leap of faith. I think it was worth it. Red- actual. Yellow - estimated earnings with governm

leap year fact data chart about Earnings - industry vs government. 2006-2019 14 years ago I
Earnings - industry vs government. 2006-2019 14 years ago I left a safe and comfy government job and took a leap of faith. I think it was worth it. Red-actual earnings. Yellow- est

What are some fun facts about leap year?

In 1946 the Winecoff Hotel, advertised as "absolutely fireproof", was the site of the deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history. 119 people died spurring significant changes in U.S. building codes. A 24-year-old grad student won the 1947 Pulitzer for a shot of one occupant’s leap from the fire.

Despite it occurring only once every four years, Leap Day is a more common birthday than 19 other days, including Christmas and the 4th of July.

From the year 2000 to 2999 there will be 48 Februarys that have no full moon. February 2018 is one of them. Also there will be three leap-year Februarys without a full moon: the first of those will be in the year 2572.

According to a congressional report there are an estimated 2.4 million cases of unnecessary surgery sold and performed on the public every year. Lucian Leape, a former surgeon and professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, a renowned patient safety expert cautions

While we have leap days every 4 years, we skip leap day every 100 years, and skip skipping it every 400 years

In Ireland and Britain, it was a tradition that women could only propose to men during leap years, and that the fine for refusing such a proposal was a pair of leather gloves, a single rose, £1 and a kiss.

The year 46 BCE was known as the "annus confusionis" (year of confusion) because, in order to make his new calendar start right the next year, Julius Caesar added two leap months, giving the year 445 days.

A leap second is added every few years due to Earth's irregular rate of rotation. The time is displayed as 23:59:60 and the next one will occur June 30, 2015.

This Persian calendar that contained eight leap years every thirty-three years.

The Eastman Kodak Company's official calendar from 1928 to 1989 consisted of 13 months a year, each exactly 4 weeks long, effectively eliminating the leap year/day and sychronosing the days of the week with the days of the month.

In the year 1288, Scotland established this day in history–Leap Year–and only this day, as one when a woman could propose marriage to a man. In the event he refused the proposal, the man was required to pay a fine. - fact check

Eclipses are so predictable because of something called Saros Cycle, which shows that when an eclipse occurs, the almost identical celestial conditions will occur again in 18 years, 10 or 11 days (depending on leap years), and 8 hours.

According to the UTC 2016 is tied for the second longest year after 1972. 2016 contains both a leap day and a leap second.

Because 1800 was not a leap year, John Adams served one fewer day as president than all other one-termers

The leap year occurs whenever the year is divisible by 4. This is not applicable if the year is divisible by 100, UNLESS it is also divisible by 400.

The day after September 2, 1752 was September 14, 1752 due the implementing of the Gregorian Calendar which was more accurate and accounted for Leap Year. We use this calendar today.

The Ethiopian calendar is 7-8 years behind the Gregorian calendar, meaning that the current year in that calendar is 2009. It has a thirteenth month, consisting of five days, or six in leap years. Also, the first day of the year is on September 11, or on September 12 in leap years.

Leap Year is not always every 4 years - Leap Year does not apply once every 100 years and is taken out EXCEPT every 400 years when it is put back in. This is to compensate for over-correction and is called the Gregorian Calendar, or "Western Calendar", which is today's modern calendar.

Sopranos creator David Chase wrote an episode of The Wonder Years, but his storyline—about hard drug use—was deemed too much of a leap for the show.

There won't be a leap year on year 2100. On average, we have 365.24225 days per year since we skip leap year every 100 years but ignore that rule every 400 years to compensate.

The Moon’s orbit is spiraling away from Earth at a rate of nearly 1.5 inches (4 cm) per year. In response, Earth’s rotation rate is slowly slowing, necessitating a Leap Second to be added to the calendar, every now and then. - fact check

Ethiopians use a different calendar that consists of 13 months, twelve 30 day months and one 5 or 6 day (depending on leap year) month, that is 7 years behind the Gregorian calendar

The Overtoun Bridge, a site of common dog suicide. Dogs have leaped off the bridge at a rate of about 1 per year, some sources claim far more.

Leap years in the Gregorian calendar don't occur every four years. There are 97 leap years in a 400 year period, years ending in "00" are skipped.

Each century skips a leap year if not divisible by 400. - fact check