Today is Leap Day. That’s the really important day we add to our calendar every four years because otherwise we would get really screwed up.
It said so in Wikipedia.
I looked it up.
Other than that, the only interesting little cultural tidbit I could find about Leap Day is that, in some cultures, Leap Day is the ONE DAY every four years when a woman is allowed to propose to a man and — — if he refuses – he must buy her a new silk dress (or, as some resources say, 12 pairs of silk gloves to hide the shame of her unadorned left hand from the publics’ gaze.)
I’m going for the dress.
I don’t think it matters that I’m already married, since I looked at three different sources and couldn’t find anything that precluded married women from playing along.
So, today, I invite you to go out and get yourself a new dress (or 12 new pairs of gloves if that’s what floats your boat.)
Let me know how it went.
And don’t forget to ask someone who is CERTAIN to say, “no.” You don’t want to make things worse for yourself and not even get a dress in the bargain.
Though if the guy is really confused because of what day it is and does say “yes” I suppose you can always just wait for 32 days and shout “April Fools!”
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