Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Day: Facts and Celebration Suggestions

Today is February 29th.

Occurring only every four years, this extra day is added to February to even out the year so that the planet doesn't start tilting, causing everyone to slide off into space where we would all float aimlessly for eternity....or, nearly as long as last night's American Idol.

A lesser known but equally important fact about Leap Day is that it is also known as Groundhog Revenge Day. Wouldn't you -- if, still enjoying the cozy slumber of winter hibernation, were ripped from your covers and held aloft by a madman in a top hat -- desire to exact some payback for this indignity? Of course you if seeing one's shadow has anything to do with a prolonged winter or premature spring anyway.
I am going to get
you, sucka!
Sadie Hawkins, as
drawn by Al Capp

As far back as Fifth Century Ireland, funny business regarding women wearing pants on Leap Day has been going on and, thanks to Al Capp--an irreverent cartoonist known for the comic strip "Lil Abner," the homeliest spinster in the town of Dog Patch was entitled to propose to the bachelor of her choice--giving February 29th its alternate identity of "Sadie Hawkins Day."

There is also the issue of the Leap Year birthday.

The 29th of February is a very popular day for scheduled C-sections* due to the fact that children born on that day magically age at a much slower rate than those with non-Leap birthdays.

If you are born on Leap day, after eight cycles of a 365 day calendar, you are legitimately only two years old. Referred to as "adult babies" you may be profiled on an occasional episode of HBO's "Real Sex" during which the rest of us will want to poke out our eyeballs with knitting needles.
I wish I were

It is also suggested that on Leap Day one does something exciting and madcap since the day is, in essence, a "gift" of an extra 24 hours.

Some people like to take chances on Leap Day, believing they will experience play the lottery, eat that piece of fish that got shoved all the way to the back and has been in the fridge for over a month, park next to that windowless van outside Sears Customer Pick-up at the mall and, if you are a true daredevil, go for a stroll on any Ivy League campus in America wearing a Rick Perry t-shirt.

Some lesser known facts are that, on this day, farts have no smell, gossip is morally right and chocolate and cheese have no calories (and actually help achieve weight loss if consumed standing up) so go forth and enjoy your Leap Day! Maybe even propose marriage to the cute guy you see on the subway every morning....but stay away from groundhogs. They're mad as hell and mean business.
This woman is only 23 years old.
*Amazingly enough, absolutely true.


  1. I keep forgetting that today is special. Thanks for the reminder! And I can’t believe the C-section bit is true! I would be mad as hell if I could only celebrate my b-day once every 4 years.

  2. Hey, Pookie! Me, too...why anyone would do that is beyond me! Remember--chocolate has no calories today!

  3. I used to read Lil Abner back when the world was new.

  4. I live in Texas and wouldn't even wear a "I love Rick Perry" t-shirt here without fearing for my life.

  5. This was a really great post, Susan! I smiled through the whole thing. I tried to explain leap year day to my 5-year-old this morning. Yeah, she totally didn't get it. I'm hoping her teacher will have better luck describing what it is.

    A friend actually DID propose to his now wife of 6 years on leap year day 8 years ago. It fits their quirky and amazing relationship perfectly.

  6. At 39 weeks preggers, I am PRAYING Baby Joe will not decide to make his grand appearance today. So far so good! :)

    As for the cheese....YESSSSS!!!

  7. Oh! Also, I just posted pics of the nursery :)

  8. Yeah, Leap Day sucks!

    If it is indeed so special, why is it not a holiday? Come on once every four years means that with seven days in the week, it will be roughly 20 years or so before it appears on a normal weekend, so "the man" is just getting an extra work day from me! Bah Humbug!


  9. Hey, Anon, me too. It was very satitical and often went right over my head when I was a kid.

  10. Michelle, you're a Texan! I know a lot of you don't like Mr. Perry!

  11. I still don't get it, Alicia...hence my concern that I may slide off the planet and flost in space. If Ellie gets it, maybe she can explain it to me later.

  12. Cat, I also hope that Baby Joe does not show up today--it's just too confusing. March is a great month to be born! Cannot wait to hear about his the meantime---cheese!

  13. Did you test out that theory in a local Starbucks like I did, Michele?

  14. My husband grumbled about the same thing, Scott!

  15. I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio but I moved to the Austin, Texas area about 12 years ago.

  16. Austin! I am told that's one happening town!

  17. It's pretty happening! Our motto is "Keep Austin Weird" and it is but in a good way.