Friday, February 29, 2008

Leaplings And Non-Leaplings

A full year consists of 365 days and 6 hours.

Every four years the Gregorian calendar gains an entire day (6 hrs. x 4 years = 24 hrs).

Every four years we synchronize our calendar by adding an extra day in February.

Adding that extra day gives us leap year.

Those born on a February 29 date are called leaplings.

If you were born -- say in 1980 -- theoretically you have only celebrated 4 birthdays, you are only seven years old, you appear on planet earth only 25 times a century, and in order to join the elite and exclusive Leapling Octogenarian Club you will have to live among us non-Leaplings for 4-hundred years!


  1. Easy there Bill. A century year is not a leap year unless it is evenly divided by 400. For instance the year 2000 was a leap year, but the year 2100 will not be a leap year. But since neither one of us will live 400 years, it won't exactly matter to us.

  2. Jim,

    Good to hear from you! I totally agree with your comment, however I don't understand a word of it ;)

    Did you get up to the county snow-mobiling?

  3. Did you know that son Jeff is a leapling? Celebrated his 6th birthday with him in Orlando this weekend.

  4. Yes sir, I've been up! 2100 miles this year so far, 5300 last year and 4300 the year before. I haven't found a better way at the glory of God's creation!

  5. Jim,

    I have a bible study with a group of twenty-something year olds on Monday's. Last night I was telling them that for me I enjoy the presence of God there more than any any other environment. I am bask in the grandest of our Creator.

    Re: sledding--you surely have had plenty of the white stuff this winter. I cycle at least 3000 plus miles a year (some days I feel like I am on a snowmbile!).