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Happy Leap Year!

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Today I have the great opportunity to write a blog post on the rare date of February 29th, the date most of us know as 'Leap Day' or 'Leap Year.'

Since this glorious day only occurs every 4 years, I thought I would list some well-known and not-so-well-known facts about the Leap Year. Get out your pen and paper folks; these are some good random facts to keep in mind for February 29th, 2016.

Famous people born on February 29

  • Born 1976 - Ja Rule, rapper
  • Born 1972 - Anthonio Sabato Jr., model & actor
  • Born 1956- Aileen Wuornos, American serial killer
  • Born 1916 - Dinah Shore, singer
  • Born 1904 - Jimmy Dorsey, Prominent Jazz Big Band leader.
  • Born 1792 - Gioacchino Rossini, Italian opera composer

Other Leap Year Trivia/Facts

  • The town of Anthony, Texas, organizes a leap year festival. It proudly calls itself the leap year capital of the world and leap year “babies”, or leaplings, around the world come to its parade.
  • In Greece, people believe it is bad luck to get married in a leap year. On the other hand, in Ireland, women can propose to a man.
  • Superstitious Chinese believe that more accidents and mishaps occur during the leap month in the lunar calendar. They also think that children born in that month are harder to bring up. Nor are they keen to start a business or get married then.
  • US Presidential elections and Summer Olympic Games are both held every four years and occur in the Leap Year.

Today, about 5 million people worldwide share a February 29th birth date.

Do you know any people who were born on February 29th? If not, I bet you could ask around and find someone in your network that has a Leap Year Birth Date or someone who knows a Leap Year Baby. 

A large part of what Anchor Point does is getting to know people on a personal level and finding out facts that normal consulting firms do not think or care to ask or know. Getting to know our consultants is what we are about and that is why we are now a well-known name in the Indianapolis IT Network. Whether it is finding out that they were born on February 29th, or any of the other 365 days of the year, having a more personable/hands-on approach with your consultants will make a Leap! of a difference in how you and your company grow.

Get to know your consultants and contacts! Who knows, they could have a birthday on February 29th!