Thursday, February 28, 2008
A leap year
I love a leap year. I haven't told Joe there's an extra day in the month - hoping I can convince him to take a day off, since we've been working really long hours.
Is anybody doing anything special on Leap Day? Did you know that it's traditional for women to propose marriage to men in a leap year? Some think this began with Saint Brigid of Ireland.
Oh, and according to a 1288 Scottish law, if a man declined a leap year proposal, he could be fined, or be required to offer a silk gown to the lady, to soften the blow. Because men felt that put them at too great a risk, the tradition was in some places tightened to restricting female proposals to the modern leap day, 29 February.
Learn more than you could ever want to know about leap years here.