February Fun Facts

February Fun Facts

How do you say February? Probably incorrectly, as it’s one of the most commonly mispronounced, and often misspelled, words in the English language. But, however you say it, February is a unique month. Here are some reasons why.

Less days. Leap days.

The shortest month of the year, February is also the only month that has a leap day every four years. Why? It takes the Earth a little over 365 days to circle the sun. Those hours in excess of 365 days add up, causing a loss of about 6 hours a year. Without a leap day every four years, our calendar would be off by a whopping 24 days in a hundred years. February 29th is known as leap day and keeps our calendar in sync with the Earth’s orbit around the Sun. The chance of being born on February 29 is 1 in 1,461, so “leaplings” (AKA leap-year babies) share their birthday with only about 4-5 million others. The rest of us have the same birthday with approximately 19 million others. The next leap year is in 2020.

How about a leap into matrimony!

While it’s not the case in our modern age, there was a time when a woman simply did not ask a man to marry her. Nope, she had to wait and wait for her fella to get down on one knee to pop the question. But back in the fifth century, a forward-thinking nun named St. Brigid of Kildare asked St. Patrick to allow women to propose to their sweethearts on leap day, and he agreed. 

Add these to your date book.

While February is most known for Valentine’s Day and Groundhog Day, here are some other daily and monthly observances you don’t want to miss:

  • Dump Your Significant Jerk Week: 3-9 (always the week before Valentine’s Day)
  • National Frog Legs Day on Feb. 29th (perfect leap year festivity)
  • Return Shopping Carts to The Supermarket Month
  • National Mend A Broken Heart Month
  • Spunky Old Broads Month (perhaps in honor of St. Brigid?)

Speaking of Groundhog Day…

While Punxsutawney Phil has a pretty good accuracy rating, we still have a long way to go before summer. Until then, you can rely on your trusty Shop-Vac® to remove snow, slush, and other wintery messes both inside and outside your home. Use a utility nozzle to suck up most of the mess, then use the wet nozzle and squeegee to remove remaining moisture.