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Leap Day Birthday Cakes Have it Better, by Four

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It’s probably a lot easier to spot the differences than the similarities between Ja Rule and Jerry/Larry/Terry Gergich.

4 cakes, 1 day, every 4 years.
4 cakes, 1 day, every 4 years. Photo by Bobbi Lin

For starters, one’s an actual person, while the other is a TV character; one has feuded publicly with DMX, while the other has quietly accepted a pie to the face. But what they do have in common is a birthday that only comes once every four years.

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Most of us take it for granted that our birthdays are an annual event—we know when to expect cake and an onslaught of Facebook messages from people we haven’t seen in years. But what happens to the people born on a Leap year? Do they celebrate on February 28th or March 1st? Is this something their parents decide at birth? Does it feel like a real birthday? We don’t know, but we say let them eat cake. Four cakes—because it just seems right. So if you’re turning 10 (like Ja Rule) or 17 (like Jerry), it’s time to stack ‘em up.

Happy birthday, Leapers!

Any Leapers out there? Tell us how you celebrate in the comments below!