“Betty Flemming celebrates her 22nd birthday this year, but frankly, she has always looked old for her age.
Her condition isn’t medical, it’s “calendar-ical:” She was born Feb. 29, 1924. As such, she only has a birthday every four years, which means she only was legally old enough to buy booze in 2008.
But that’s only if you go by the birthdays that were actually on the calendar. Chronologically, Flemming will be 88 this year and lives in a retirement community in Springfield, Va. She has enjoyed her unique birthday since she first discovered she was a “leapling” at a surprise party.
“On my eighth birthday, my mother threw me a big surprise party on Feb. 29,” Flemming told HuffPost Weird News. “I then realized what a special day it was. Every other year, we celebrated my birthday on March 1 because my mother said ‘Feb. 28 was a day too soon!'”
Waiting four years for a real birthday sounds tough, but Flemming sees advantages.”
Find out what Betty thinks those are as well as which other famous celebrities are leaplings: