Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Year Day, Privilege of Ladies Day, Surf and Turf Day, more

February 29th, 2012, is Leap Year Day, The Privilege of Ladies Day, International Underlings Day, Galileo Day, Earth Moves Day, Rodaytion, Repetitive Strain Injuries Awareness Day, Rare Disease Day, and National Surf and Turf Day.

Leap Year Day occurs every four years, in general, on an extra day counted as February 29th. Leap years keep the Gregorian Calendar in sync with the solar year, which is about 365 1/4 days long. Leap years occur whenever the last two digits of the year are divisible by 4, unless the last two digits are 00. If the last two digits are 00, the year is not a leap year unless the full four-digit year is divisible by 400. Whew - got that? According to these rules, 2000 was a leap year, but 2100 will not be.

There's a Facebook campaign afoot, with the goal of making Leap Year Day a holiday.

According to folklore, women are "allowed" to propose to men on February 29th, The Privilege of Ladies Day. Guys, you've been warned!

International Underlings Day is a day to honor those who toil away every day, largely unrecognized. Today's the day to show them you care, with a lunch, a gift certificate, or a simple "thank you." Or go big and give them a raise! On non-leap years, feel free to do something special on February 28th or March 1st.

Galileo Day or Earth Moves Day or Rodaytion is only a proposed holiday, but I like the idea of celebrating the famous astronomer and the movements of the earth. The holiday's creator, "The Somnambulist," writes that the holiday should be: "A day of wonder about the beauty of the universe around us. A day of recognition of the benefits of science and of the scientific method. Finally, a day to honor the individuals who stand up for what they know is true."

The last day in February is Repetitive Strain Injuries Awareness Day. Hmmm..... maybe I should cut back a bit on my Holiday Whiz blogging or my "Angry Birds" playing.... Nah.

Certain diseases garner a great deal of attention - and funding to find a cure - but other rare diseases cause just as much misery and heartache. Consider supporting a lesser-known cause on Rare Disease Day. Usually this holiday is observed on February 28th, but in leap years (including 2012), Rare Disease Day is observed on February 29th.

National Surf and Turf Day comes around only once every four years, sad to say. Perhaps this is because steak and lobster are relatively expensive. In any event, happy day to you if you're lucky enough to indulge.

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