Freak Week by Princess Awesome

04/03/2012 18:12

I don’t know how to start. Honestly, I’ve been sitting here, staring at a blank page for twenty minutes now. It would be easier just to type [insert a generic funny segment that introduces the topic of the article].

 

Slovakia is getting ready for the parliamentary elections. Smiling, with perfect teeth, the politicians of all parties are popping up from every billboard at every corner in the country. If I have to look at Fico’s photo from 10 years ago on a poster on a bus window I swear I’m gonna lose it. It takes me 20 minutes to get from Devinska to the city. It’s a torture; that’s what it is. I wonder how long the posters and billboards will be around after the elections. But I’m sure it is going to be for some time… I’d rather see a poster to the new Men in Black movie. Apparently Lady Gaga got a role in it too. She’s a creepy alien that can breathe only through her tentacles. I don’t know what role she plays in the movie, but I’m sure it’s going to be great.

 

Anyway, it’s been a great week for all of us. And especially for those who were born on 29th February. Yes, the leap day. A day so special that it pops up only once in four years; like a bright idea of Kim Kardashian. Apparently there are some weird traditions going around in some countries on this day. In Ireland and Norway women can propose to men. It’s nothing really special in these modern times, but still. In Denmark, women can not only ask men to marry them, but if a man refuses, he has to give the woman 12 pairs of his gloves. Come on, Danish ladies, if a man owns twelve pairs of gloves, he’s probably not the marriage material. At least not for women…

 

I personally don’t know anyone who was born on a leap day. Too bad, I know. These people are called “leaplings”, but I don’t like the label very much. It singles people out; it makes them feel different. I prefer a more universal and more accurate term – freaks. Nah, I’m just kidding. But seriously, have you ever thought about what their lives must be like? They age four times slower than other people. Or is that right? Apparently they celebrate their birthdays either on 28th February or on 1st March. In Britain and Hong Kong, however, people born on the leap day are legally 18 on 1st March of that year. My first thought was: “Hey, but what if they turn eighteen on a leap day? That would solve the problem…” and then I realized, that’s just not gonna happen. Oh Princess, how could you have B’s in Math on high school…? 

 

So I googled and searched Wikipedia for some interesting info about this day. And I found some events and births that are pretty cool. So here goes a paragraph of info that is absolutely useless to your everyday life: in the year 1504, Christopher Columbus used his knowledge of a lunar eclipse that night to convince Native Americans to provide him with supplies. (I’m pretty sure this is true because Wikipedia articles are so darn accurate all the time. I bet the author was even there in person.) In Sweden, in 1712 February 29 was followed by February 30 in a move to abolish the Swedish calendar for a return to the Old style (whatever that was). In 1920 the Czechoslovak National Assembly adopted the Constitution. Wow, it took them two years to adopt the Constitution?

 

And here are some famous leap year babies/leaplings/freaks: Pope Paul III. (1468); Jean Bautista Comes, Spanish composer (1643); John Byrom, English poet (1692); William E. Wellman, American film producer (1896); James Mitchell, American actor (1920); Ja Rule, American rapper and actor (1976). And about three dozens of other, no less interesting personalities. So to all of you, guys – Happy birthday!

--Princess Awesome

 

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