The Story of Leap Day

Typically every four years we receive one extra day, or a leap day, added to the calendar. We’ve always wondered why this day, where the chances of being born are 1 in 1,461, occurs, so we turned to the New York Daily News for answers. According to the site, we have leap days because it takes the Earth approximately 365 days and 6 hours to make a full rotation around the sun. Therefore, an extra day is added to the short month of February about once every four years to keep the calendar in line with the seasons. If leap day did not take place, then the months would eventually get out of sync with the seasons so that we would be celebrating Thanksgiving in the summer.

Tell Us: How are you spending your extra day?

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