Leap Day

8:18am

Wed February 29, 2012
It's All Politics

Ron Paul Celebrates A Leap Day Birthday — His Wife's

Originally published on Tue February 28, 2012 10:42 pm

Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul celebrates the "leap day" birthday of his wife Carol, left, during a rally Tuesday in Springfield, Va.
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Ron Paul ignored the primaries in Arizona and Michigan Tuesday night and took his campaign to Virginia, where only he and Mitt Romney are on the March 6 ballot.

Paul teased a sometimes boisterous crowd at a Springfield banquet hall just a few miles outside of the nation's capital. "You're such a noisy bunch. What's going on here?" Paul joked. "I keep saying they're sound asleep in Washington. We have to be noisy so they hear us!"

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10:01pm

Tue February 28, 2012
Europe

For Leap Day Only, A Rare Newspaper Goes To Print

Originally published on Wed February 29, 2012 9:02 am

A man reads a copy of the satirical newspaper La Bougie du Sapeur (The Sapper's Candle), published every leap day, in a Parisian cafe on Feb. 29, 2008. The paper's tagline is "without reproach."
Patrick Hertzog AFP/Getty Images

At newsstands across France on Wednesday, readers will delight to a humorous broadsheet published every four years on leap day.

At news shops in Paris and around France, readers look forward to their copy of La Bougie du Sapeur every Feb. 29. Published since 1980, the satirical journal is now in its ninth edition. Its title, which translates as "sapper's candle," is taken from an old French comic-book figure who was born on that fateful last day of February.

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4:20pm

Tue February 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Leap Day: Any Plans?

Originally published on Tue February 28, 2012 4:26 pm

Something that only comes around once every four years and doesn't involve either politics or Olympic competition deserves its own mention:

Wednesday is Feb. 29.

Leap day, that is.

Our friend Linton Weeks has put together a handy list of 24 things you could do with the extra 24 hours. (And yes, we know that some of you have already started your day; but, hey, we're an East Coast-based blog.)

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4:05pm

Tue February 28, 2012
Arts & Culture

Found Time: How To Spend The 24 Hours Of Leap Day

Leap day is the perfect moment to contemplate time. Here a man looks at the Seine river through the giant clock of the Orsay Museum in Paris.
Pierre Verdy AFP/Getty Images

Found time! An extra day. How will you use it? Here are 24 ideas. None of them takes longer than an hour. Because time is tight, time is of the essence, time is money. And if you don't have time to get to everything on the list, don't worry. Maybe in 2016.

Feb. 29, 2012 Hour By Hour:

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