Leap Year – Born on Feb 29th – Blessing or Curse?

BY THE NUMBERS

 

— The chances of a leap birthday are one in 1,461 — long odds for getting the short end of the stick. Imagine waiting four years for your real birthday and hearing endless jokes about being three when you’re really 12.

— The longest time between two leap years is eight years. The last time this happened was between 1896 and 1904 and it won’t happen again until 2096 to 2104.

— There were five Fridays in February 2008 — the month begins and ends on a Friday. Between 1904 and 2096, leap day occurs on the same day of the week every 28 years, so the last time February had five Fridays was in 1980 and next time will be in 2036.

 

— According to global statistics, there are about 4.1 million people worldwide born on Feb. 29.

 

— Norway’s Henriksen siblings are recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. The three siblings were born on three consecutive leap days. Heidi Henriksen, 1960; Olav Henriksen, 1964; and Leif-Martin Henriksen, 1968.

 

— The Keogh family has three consecutive generations born on Feb. 29. Peter Anthony was born in Ireland in 1940; his son Peter Eric was born in the United Kingdom in 1964; and his granddaughter Bethany Wealth was born in the United Kingdom in 1996.

 

LEAPLINGS

 

Someone born on leap day may be called a leapling. They usually celebrate their birthdays on Feb. 28 or March 1 in common years.

Being born on leap day isn’t always fun and games. In non-leap years certain countries legally recognize Feb. 29 birthdays on Feb. 28 or March 1, resulting in hassles with birth certificates, driver’s licences and entry fields on websites.

But many leap day babies report benefits to playing the “leap day card,” receiving free meals, free admission and discounts.

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