by Dave Warner
It’s something special to be born on February 29th, as your chances of being born on that day are 1 in 1,461. So of course, a person born on that day needs a special name and a special gift.
They can be called a “leapling”, a “leaper”, or a “leap-year baby”. In non-leap years, some leaplings celebrate their birthday on either February 28 or March 1, while others only observe birthdays on the authentic intercalary date, February 29.
Leaplings can be surprisingly hard to find — in the U.S., there are currently only 187,000 people who were born on Leap Day, plus approximately four million others from around the world.
Once every four years, people born on Feb. 29 actually get to celebrate their birthday. And of course, Saturday is Leap Day, the extra day added every fourth year to help fix the problem that while our calendar year is 365 days, the solar year — the amount of time it takes the Earth to circle the sun — is 365.24219 days.
But for those folks in Little Falls who can prove it, the Canal Side Inn is offering them a special treat. A fantastic evening where you can celebrate having the extra day in the year, and where they swear, the calories don’t count.
Marica Bellico-Brodock with Canal Side Inn said, “We’re looking for people who were born on February 29th so that they can finally celebrate their birthday, with their meal on us.”
On the menu, they are featuring grilled black tiger shrimp and chicken vegetable risotto and Munster fondue, Kahlua banana tiramisu as a special dessert, which is not on their regular menu and a special drink, along with other drink specials.
Here are just a few of the superstitions surrounding Leap Year:
- Being born on February 29 is extremely unlucky – The Scottish believed that if you’re born on Leap Day, your life will have an everlasting stream of suffering.
- On a leap day, a man can’t refuse a woman’s plea to get married (refer back to item number 1).
- You shouldn’t get married/divorced during a leap year – In Greece, couples choose not to get married during a leap year. There’s also a superstition that divorced couples who are separated during a leap year will never find happiness again.
- Astrologers believe people born on February 29 have unusual talents.
If you don’t believe any of those superstitions apply to you, and you want to make your own luck, make sure you call 315-823-1170 to make a reservation. How often do you get a chance for a free meal?Decadent Dinner