10 Strange Facts About Leap Year

There’s always been a connection between election years and Leap Day — they always happen on the same year. 2016 marks another year of having February 29 on the calendar. It’s a day that people don’t really plan for, meaning that people who work on salary actually work for free on that extra day. Get to know some other interesting facts about the day, including some people that have tried to use the day to their advantage in court and a unique tradition that started in Scotland.

Why Is There Leap Day?

Not many people know the science behind Leap Day, mainly because it’s something that pops up every four years. It’s due to Earth needing exactly 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds to rotate around the Sun. A Leap Day resets the calendar.

Four Million People Born On Leap Day

That’s the worldwide estimation. There’s a 1-in-1461 chance that people are born on the day that appears just once every four years.