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Look Before You Leap (Year)!

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

It comes only once in four years, and it’s already time! If you weren’t fascinated with the concept of leap day as a kid, were you even a kid? To find out that a year is technically 365 days but actually 365 and one fourth day was cute enough, but then to be told that since you couldn’t put a quarter day into the calendar, so they decided to four quarters together and create a single day every four years was beyond fascinating. If you were anything like us growing up, you were probably wondering you “they” even were. Who comes up with these things? But all of that aside, leap day, as the 29th of February has come to be known, is actually quite ‘famous’ for some other reasons too. The day is immersed in myths, old beliefs, weird superstitions, and whatnot. Let’s check some of them out.

 

1. Proposal??

So while it’s not that big of a deal these days, long, long, long ago, it was quite scandalous for a woman to propose marriage to a man. So much so, that a quaint little tradition was started where apparently, a woman could propose marriage to a man on leap day and it was okay!

Image Source - Stuff.co.nz

Image Source – Stuff.co.nz

 

2. Taking the gloves off!

This one’s kind of a continuation of the previous one, but weird enough that it deserves it’s own heading. Apparently, if a man refused a woman’s proposal on leap day, he had to buy her 12 pairs of gloves as a punishment! You might not believe this but there were actually laws regarding this back in the olden days too. The reasoning behind this, they say, is so that the woman could hide her bare, no-ring-to-show-off-here fingers and save herself the embarrasment of having been turned down. Of course, it was slightly different based on which country was involved. In Finland, for example, the punishment was not gloves, but the man having to buy the woman enough cloth to make a skirt. We’re not too sure about the logic behind that one, but it’s amusing either way.

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Image Source – TimeAndDate.com

 

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3. Capital fun

Did you know there is an actual “Leap Year Capital of the World”? The US town Anthony is that esteemed (and self-proclaimed) spot, and even celebrates by holding an actual festival every four years on Leap Day.

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Image Source – Facebook

 

4. Bad luck?

Several countries believe that the entire leap year is just plain old bad luck, and therefore nothing celebratory or auspicious should be done during a leap year, especially marriages. The people of Greece and Italy believe that marriages are doomed. Russia and Taiwan believe these years bring death. Scotland believes it’s a bad year for livestock. Makes us kinda scared about 2020, to be honest.

Image Source - The Golden Star

Image Source – The Golden Star

 

5. Leaplings!

Babies born on the 29th of February are fondly known as Leaplings, and it said that they are all invited to join The Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies – seriously, we’re not making this up. It’s an actual thing.

Image Source - Essential Baby

Image Source – Essential Baby

 

Hope you have a great Leap Year!

And the Oscar Goes To….

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

It was such a surprising night (or early morning, for those of us here in India) for movie lovers. To say that things took a surprising turn, especially towards the end of the night, would be quite the understatement, wouldn’t it? And while we couldn’t be happier for all the wins that Parasite received, and well deserved too, we just have to commemorate all the nominees in the Best Film category, because they truly are, each and every one of them, gems.

 

1. Parasite

The underdog that won it all. A Korean movie directed by the legendary Bong Joon Ho (Okja, Snowpiercer) that ended up winning a total of 4 Academy Awards out of its six nominations. It must also be noted that it is the first non-English film to win best film in the over 90 years history of the Academy Awards. It took home Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film.

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Synopsis: A poor family, the Kims, con their way into becoming the servants of a rich family, the Parks. But their easy life gets complicated when their deception is threatened with exposure.

Directed By: Bong Joon Ho

Starring: Song Kang Ho, Lee Sun Kyun, Cho Yeo Jeong, Choi Woo Shik, Park So Dam, Lee Jung Eun, Chang Hyae Jin

Image Source - WallpaperAccess

Image Source – WallpaperAccess

 

2. Jojo Rabbit

Synopsis: A young boy in Hitler’s army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.

Directed By: Taika Waititi

Starring: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson

Image Source - IMP Awards

Image Source – IMP Awards

 

3. 1917

Synopsis: April 6th, 1917. As a regiment assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers are assigned to race against time and deliver a message that will stop 1,600 men from walking straight into a deadly trap.

Directed By: Sam Mendes

Starring: Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Daniel Mays

Image Source - Forbes

Image Source – Forbes

 

4. Joker

Synopsis: In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker.

Directed By: Todd Philips

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz

Image Source - IMDb

Image Source – IMDb

 

5. The Irishman

Synopsis: A mob hitman recalls his friend Jimmy Hoffa.

Directed By: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci

Image Source - Amazon

Image Source – Amazon

 

6. Ford v Ferrari

Synopsis: American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference and the laws of physics to build a revolutionary race car for Ford in order to defeat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.

Directed By: James Mangold

Starring: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal

Image Source - Collider

Image Source – Collider

 

7. Marriage Story

Synopsis: Noah Baumbach’s incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.

Directed By: Noah Baumbach

Starring: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Julia Greer

Image Source - IMDd

Image Source – IMDd

 

8. Little Women

Synopsis: Jo March reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on their own terms.

Directed By: Greta Gerwig

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh

Image Source - IMDb

Image Source – IMDb

 

9. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Synopsis: A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.

Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie

Image Source - IMDb

Image Source – IMDb

 

Most of these are still in theatres in metro cities. Go out and catch as many of these as you still can!