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Some would figure that makes us special. It depends on how you look at it. Back in , Martha Stewart hosted leapers on her show. They wore frog-mouth name tags frogs leap, get it? She gave them each state-of-the-art digital picture frames. Leapsters keep two sets of ages, annual and quadrennial.

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We mark time between real birthdays in fourths and halves. In 46 B. This still needed tweaking: By , with 11 minutes a year left unadjusted, the calendar had shifted 10 days. The Gregorian reform of the Julian calendar introduced an extra day to make up the difference, with leap years of centuries divisible by four skipped. The date seems to confound petty bureaucrats and government factotum alike.

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From 36 to 40, I became a father and moved out of New York City. The probability reaches one half at 23 people. In the original set-up and others, however, Leap Day birthdays are excluded to keep things uniform. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later?


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