Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Leap Year facts-Birthdays


Leap year babies (leapers) may not always get to celebrate their birthday on the actual date, but they do get to throw a Sweet 16 party when they turn 64.

"It's my 20th birthday but I'm going to be 80 years old," 1932 leap year baby Mary Ann Brown tells Reuters' Barbara Goldberg. Brown founded the Worldwide Leap Year Festival in 1988 in Anthony, Texas, which calls itself the leap year capital of the world.

Leapers don't have it easy, as computers and even people sometimes don't recognize their birthday, the Reuters report says. Even Google, whose doodle on February 29, 2012 pays tribute to leap day and February 29-born composer Gioacchino Rossini, has yet to correct a glitch in their Blogger program that prevents leapers from updating their profile. Frustrated leapers can find sympathy at online club The Honor Society for Leap Year Babies, which has over 9,000 members.

"We're not curing cancer or stopping world wars but it still is a significant thing that needs to be addressed. It does affect the whole world," says Raenell Dawn in the Reuters report. In 1997, Dawn created the club with Peter Brouwer, who says February 29 is sometimes considered an invalid date.

Famous leapers include former Indian prime minister Morarji Desai (1896-1995), jazz musician Jimmy Dorsey (1904-1957), Italian opera composer Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868), rapper Ja Rule (1976), model and actor Anthonio Sabato Jr. (1972), American singer Dinah Shore (1916-1994), and American serial killer Aileen Wuornos (1956-2002) played by Charlize Theron in "Monster."


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