Oswald of Worcester

Happy Leap Day, everybody! You know what this means? Neither do I. Enjoy!

Sorry, the boss just told me that one sentence does not a blog post make, so let’s see what else we can find out about the sort-of-rare date of February 29.

Today is the day, in Ireland and the UK, when ladies can propose marriage to their fellers. I suppose they can do it other days, too, but this is the “traditional” day and who am I to buck tradition? Except that I’m already married. Sorry, ladies.

For you film history buffs, it was on this day in 1940 that Gone with the Wind won 8 Academy Awards, including the historic win for Hattie McDaniel.

In 1972, baseball legend Hank Aaron re-signed with the Atlanta Braves for the then-unheard-of sum of $200,000 a year. Today, $200,000 a year is roughly the amount of money that Yankees third-baseman Alex Rodriquez loses in his couch cushions.

And finally, here are a couple of notable Leap Day birthdays:

Lantern-jawed motivational speaker Tony Robbins is 13! (But I’m only counting leap days and I’m terrible at math).

Born on this day in 1940: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople. Don’t know who that is? He has his own Facebook page. Seriously.

Today is also the birthday of noted Philadelphia typesetter Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfe-schlegelstein-hausenberger-dorffvoraltern-waren-gewissenhaft-schaferswessen-schafewaren-wohlgepflege-und-sorgfaltigkeit-beschutzen-von-angreifen-durch-ihrraubgierigfeinde-welche-voraltern-zwolftausend-jahres-vorandieerscheinen-wander-ersteer-dem-enschderraumschiff-gebrauchlicht-als-sein-ursprung-von-kraftgestart-sein-lange-fahrt-hinzwischen–sternartigraum-auf-der-suchenach-diestern-welche-gehabt-bewohnbar-planeten-kreise-drehen-sich-und-wohin-der-neurasse-von-verstandigmen-schlichkeit-konnte-fortplanzen-und-sicher-freuen-anlebens-langlich-freude-und-ruhe-mit-nicht-ein-furcht-vor-angreifen-von-anderer-intelligent-geschopfs-von-hinzwischen-sternartigraum, Senior.

So there you have it. I hope you learned something new today. I know I did. And so did the boss. She learned to stop asking me to write blog posts.

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