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Did You Know #003 - Fun facts to help you score points

17 Jan 2020

Did You Know #003 - Fun facts to help you score points
For week of 17 - 20 Feb 2020

Alright folks! It’s that time of the week again! For this week’s article, let’s look into leap years and Disney (Coz Why Not).

First up, Leap years! Otherwise known as an intercalary year or bissextile year, they are calendar years that contain an additional day added to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical year or seasonal year. In many countries, it was a tradition that women may propose marriage only in leap years. Supposedly, a 1288 law by Queen Margaret of Scotland (then age five and living in Norway), required that fines be levied if a marriage proposal was refused by the man; compensation was deemed to be a pair of leather gloves, a single rose, £1 and a kiss. In some places the tradition was tightened to restricting female proposals to the modern leap day, February 29, or to the medieval (bissextile) leap day, February 24. In Finland, the tradition is that if a man refuses a woman's proposal on leap day, he should buy her the fabrics for a skirt. In France, since 1980, a satirical newspaper entitled “La Bougie du Sapeur” is published only on leap year, on February 29.

A person born on February 29 may be called a "leapling" or a "leaper" Technically, a leapling will have fewer birthday anniversaries than their age in years. In Gilbert and Sullivan's 1879 comic opera The Pirates of Penzance, Frederic the pirate apprentice discovers that he is bound to serve the pirates until his 21st birthday (that is, when he turns 88 years old, since 1900 was not a leap year) rather than until his 21st year. For legal purposes, legal birthdays depend on how local laws count time intervals. Walt Disney World is making sure its guests take full advantage of the extra day with special Leap Year offerings. They will keep their most popular park (Disney’s Magic Kingdom) open for 24 hours in celebration of Leap Year!

Speaking of Disney, The Walt Disney Company has a long and interesting history that spans almost 80 years. It was founded by brothers Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney on October 16, 1923. Originally, the company was called ‘Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio’. It didn’t take on its current name until 1986. Robert Allen Iger is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company.

The moment when the Fairy Godmother transforms Cinderella’s torn dress into a beautiful gown fit for a princess is said to be Walt Disney’s favourite piece of animation ever. It was drawn by Marc Davis, one of Disney’s so-called “Nine Old Men.”  The first animated feature film to use CinemaScope was Lady and the Tramp (1955).

A leap Year might only come once every four years, but you don’t have to wait that long to get your Disney craving fixed! Quiz Nights SA will be hosting Disney Quizzes this month at the following venues:

  • Tiger's Milk (Century City): 23 February
  • Tiger’s Milk (Cedar Square): 24 February
  • Tiger’s Milk (Lynnwood Bridge): 26 February
  • Tiger's Milk (Bryanston): 26 February
  • Tiger’s Milk (Claremont): 26 February
Happy Quizzing folks!
Bippity, boppity, bye!
  • Quiz Master Ildi