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2/29/12

Happy Leap Year, 5-year-olds!

Happy February 29th, also known as Leap Day.  This odd little day started when Julius Caesar decided to listen to the Egyptians, who calculated a full year being closer to 365 days and 5(ish) hours.

Caesar decreed to add an extra day to the year every four years, to offset this irregularity.  And then he was stabbed.  Over and over, by his peers...

Et tu, Brutus?  Yeah, him too, because this was just a weird idea.  I would have stabbed you too, Julie...

So, thanks to Caesar, we do this once every four years.  Leap Years coincide with Summer Olympics schedules and US Presidential Elections, so the good news is if you remember them one, you remember them all.

A fun Leap Year tradition, dating back to 5th Century Ireland, involves a woman proposing to her man, or simply asking him out on a date.  Now it's just called "normal" or "equality" but 1600 years ago, this was the one day every four years were women were allowed out of the kitchen and were able to act like equals.  Schools modernized this by holding "Sadie Hawkins" dances around this time each year.

Lastly, there are about 4 million people on Earth who were born on February 29th.

To have your birthday once every four years must be rough...

Well, TECHINICALLY 36, but meh...
I actually dated a girl in college named Stacey.  She was a Junior when I was a Freshmen, and I have NO idea how I bagged a gorgeous girl like her.  When I was introducing myself to her, she floored me.

"I'm 5," she quipped.  She was born on February 29, and was really 21, but she liked to tell people "well I'm TECHNICALLY five..."  She was the only 5 year old I've ever known with a drinking problem... and piercings on her nipples...

(...poor Pedobear is shaking his head.  He doesn't know whether to believe his eyes or his ears...)

To all of you born on Leap Day, congratulations, you're rarer than a left-hander with green eyes.  To those of you dating Leap Day kids, remember: 4 is too young, but 5 is OK!
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13 witty retorts:

Bozo said...

First I thought this post was just going to be a factual thing - one of those reads produced to make us smarter - or at least better informed.

But then I read this: "She was the only 5 year old I've ever known with a drinking problem... and piercings on her nipples..."

and the world was filled with laughter. Loved it!

Zombie said...

My brother was almost born on leap day. lol.

Workingdan said...

You don't see a whole lot of 5 year olds out partying...that is something rare!

Haven said...

I don't think I know anyone that was born on the leap year. I'm now sad because I can't make jokes about their age =( Somehow I'm sure I'll survive.

Just Keepin It Real, Folks! said...

You should count your lucky stars you didn't get arrested 'cause that chick was jail bait!!!!!!

Jessica said...

So what about a green-eyed left hander born on leap day?? I kid! Not my birthday but I have the other two covered!

Bart said...

hahah omg you were born on leap day? thats awesome. happy 9th bday buddy, enjoy a root beer for me :)

Hey Monkey Butt said...

I agree I would totally tell people I was 5 (or whatever # I was on) if I had a leap year birthday. That would be awesome. I also dig that movie, yea typical chick who loves chick flicks here :)

Zyu said...

It's pretty cool that I have a friend whose birthday is on a leap year.

Nicky said...

I can only imagine the number of freaks who will be finding your blog based on a Google search of "5year olds with drinking problems and nipple piercings".

Lucky bastard.

Youngman Brown said...

I had the unfortunate pleasure of hooking up with a 22-leap-year old.

We went to the "pictures" after going to the early-bird special at Dennys.

Then we made sweet, sweet love at the retirement home.

Not Cake said...

How about an ambidextrous with green eyes...how rare is that?

Thank, Q said...

" She was the only 5 year old I've ever known with a drinking problem... and piercings on her nipples..."

(shaking my head)

LOL

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