Leapy thoughts

It has occurred to me that today is the 60th day of the year so far. 60 days in already?

And for anybody celebrating their 60th year today, I congratulate you on your 15th birthday and wish you several happy returns. Rossini would have been 53 today according to Google. Or maybe 220. Time for something cultural to celebrate:

In any case, whatever else you have proposed for the day ahead, do have a wonderful St Oswald of Worcester’s day, and mind you don’t come to the same end he did (by washing the feet of the poor in Worcester on 29th February). His feast day is celebrated on 29th February in leap years. This has happened a remarkable 255 times since the fateful day in 992.

[editor’s note: my husband has pointed out that, owing to 1900, 1800 and 1700 not having leap years, 255 should be revised down to 252]

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