Great Day to You, Friday Fun Facters!
RIP: Danny Parmertor, Demetrius Hewlin, & Russell King, Jr. You never should have died at school that day. Godspeed to the grief of your families and communities.
Recover Well: Those whose lives have been forever changed in Chardon, Ohio. Be strong and successful at life’s challenges as a result of facing the ultimate challenge of this traumatic event. We are blessed that you are still here…
RIP II: Andrew Breitbart, conservative blogger. Regardless of where you are on the pendulum of politics, let freedom continue to ring… and write.
Winner’s Circle Congratulations!: Matt Kenseth. For winning the Daytona 500 sometime Tuesday morning! The longest delayed Daytona 500, and one of the most exciting races – when it actually started – ever!
Special Note I: Uh, notice, fellow Fun Facters, the near-&-dear-to-this-writer’s-heart logo on the hood of the car…
Happy Birthday!: Jon Bon Jovi. In the immortal words of, well, you:
“Have A Nice Day-ay-ay!”
This week, if you follow along with our Gregorian, or civil calendar, we honored February 29. Four years in the making (sometimes eight!), Leap Year comes along to make up for time differences in order to synchronize with the astronomical & seasonal years.
For most of us, it is just another day. For others, though, it is a very special day. For every 1 in 1,461 people here in the good ol’ U.S. of A., Leap Day serves as their birthday.
For those of us not-so-good at math, that translates into roughly 200,000 in the United States, and 5 million globally. And, what do they get for being able to celebrate their uniqueness every 4 years? Oh, they get plenty! The good news is that those lucky souls get pretty much get to celebrate their birthdays on their own – no shared birthday cakes or gifts. A better bonus – they don’t get those dreaded “Happy Birthday & Merry Christmas” combo gifts (Special Note II: That one’s for you, Hal!). This gives them a bona fide explanation for age gaps (lucky devils!).
But that’s sort of where the good news ends.
Leap Year Day Babies also get some of the following “perks”:
- Unrecognized birthdays in off years
- Computer snafus
- Police suspicion during traffic stops
- Delivery room negotiations to later birth certificates
- Software issues in Excel (Special Note III: this one, obviously extends to all of us)
- Computer software issues at banks & insurance companies that force Leapers to list another birthdate
I think we should try to help.
First, NO BIRTHDAY should EVER go unrecognized. In the grand wisdom of the great American philosopher Daniel D. Simon (not me!), “he who has the most birthdays lives the longest.” Truer words have probably never been spoken. So one suggestion would be to maybe carve out a few seconds per year between 11:59p, February 28, and 12:00a, March 1, to at least sneak a sliver of February 29 into every year.
Second, really – suspicion during traffic stops?! Why does THIS not surprise our Friday Fun Fact research staff?! For all future February 29s, let’s close the donut shops. That oughta fix THAT problem!
Software glitches?! How is it ladies, gentleman, and “other,” that we could forge a path through Y2K without any serious computer catastrophes, or planes falling out of the air, and YET, we can’t figure out how to accommodate February 29 birthdays?! We have now managed to make home video games that detect your motion, alarm clocks that run away from you (I need one of these!), and small devices that hold a lifetime of music, and yet, a February 29 birthday throws our software programs into seizures?! For goodness sakes, we now have instant macaroni & cheese!
Special Note IV: Don’t be too distracted, BeckyW!
Of course, there’s a downside to February 29 that affects most of us:
Technically, no matter how you slice it, we work for free.
Maybe, we can form a small focus group to tackle this issue and take action. In this election year, The Committee proudly endorses equal rights for Leap Year Day Babies.
To Leap Year Day Babies everywhere, Happy Birthday!
Tunes of the Week:
Jump – Van Halen
Leap Of Faith – Kenny Loggins
Leaping Lizards – The Brombies
Look Before You Leap – Dave Clark Five
Leap Up And Down (Wave Your Knickers In The Air) – St. Cecilia
Honorable Mention: Quantum Leap (television series)
Have A Nice Day – Bon Jovi
Raise A Glass!
May Your Friday Leap Into Saturday!
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