Friday, February 29, 2008
spt - extra! extra!
today is Leap Day, the extra day that is tacked on to the calendar every four years. in technical terms, a leap year (or intercalary year) is a year containing one or more extra days (or, in the case of lunisolar calendars, an extra month) in order to keep the calendar year synchronised with the astronomical or seasonal year.
amazing that the addition of just one day seemingly keeps the entire universe in order!
what's so extra special about leap day? well, in some cultures, this is the day when women are allowed to ask a man to marry them. Cam Ward, Emma Barton, and Pedro Zamora were all born on leap day (people born on leap day are sometimes referred to as leaplings.) The Pirates of Penzance tells the story of an indentured pirate who can't leave his ship until his 21st birthday (when he would realistically be 84 in calendar years.
my son's birthday is on march 2nd, and we've had a lot of fun teasing him that he has to wait an extra day for his party!
the spt challenge for next week is to photograph something that is extra special about you. it might be a physical feature, a talent, or an unknown secret. this spt is all about you!
my family woke up to something extra in the pantry this morning.
happy Leap Day!