No. 29: Whattup, Leap Day

SO. USUALLY WE EARTHLINGS SCHEDULE A ROUND OF 365 DAYS INTO OUR YEAR. A year is how much time the earth takes to orbit the sun, right. Except not so much. There are actually 365 days, 5 hours, 49 minutes, and 16 seconds to every year, so, like, about 365.25 days per year. The extra quarter of a day adds up, and without Leap Day, our calendar would be one day out of sync with the seasons. Add 30 years to that equation, and we’d be about a week off. After 100 years, we’d be a month off. And that would be fucked up.

That’s why Julius Cesar invented Leap Year in the year 45 BCE. To set our calendars straight. But think about that half a second: Jesus rocked out Leap Years. Whoa.

Here’s some random Leap Year trivia for you.

THE ULTIMATE LEAP YEAR MAMA

This Norwegian family, the Henriksens, had all three of their kids on consecutive Leap Years. Heidi, Olav and Leif-Martin Henriksen were born on February 29 in 1960, 1964 and 1968. Ma and Pa really liked the month of May.

FAMOUS LEAPER NO. 1: TONY ROBBINS

BORN: February 29, 1960 = 13 years old! He’s a man now.

Here’s a clip of Tony Robbins trying to tell a funny story.

FAMOUS LEAPER NO. 2: JA RULE

BORN: February 29, 1976 = 9 years old!

Despite the fact he’s gotta spend his birthday behind bars (he’s serving a 2-year gun possession sentence), Ja Rule should have some decent bday meals today. They include a bowl of corn flakes in the morning, Jamaican patties for lunch, and turkey stew for dinner. Plus there’s the fact that dude just released his 7th album yesterday. From jail. What did you do yesterday?

 Here’s some Ja Rule. 

HAPPY LEAP DAY.

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