Today the shortest month of the year gains an extra day. Leap Year has been around for about 2,000 years. The 365-day calendar was created by Julius Cesar around 45 BCE, and astronomer Sosigenes brought on the addition of the extra day in February every four years.
Many people wonder why we even have Leap Day.
Our year is 365 days long, except that isn’t entirely true. A full cycle of seasons, or for the earth to complete its full rotation around the sun, is actually 365 days, 5 hours, 49 minutes and 16 seconds or 365.242199 days, long to be precise. Over time the extra quarter of a day can add up and without the Leap Day the calendar would not match the seasons. After 30 years, it would be off a week, after 100 years, it would be about 24 days off. If we did not have Leap Year the calendar could be off nearly 16 months behind…
Here are some fun facts about leap year:
The chances of being born on a Leap Year are 1 in 1,461
About 4 million people worldwide have a Feb. 29 birthday
It is believed that the actual term “Leap Year” was derived hundreds of years ago, when Leap Day was not legally recognized, and so it was ignored and “leapt” over
Feb. 29 is traditionally a day where women were “permitted” to ask men to marry them. Today, Feb. 29 still commemorates Sadie Hawkins Day, the namesake of the turnabout dances many schools still host, where girls are encouraged to ask boys to attend with them.
The Flora is back! Available once again as a part of the OrganicPedic line, the Flora is a two-sided, 8” flat-surface organic mattress made with three layers of 100%-natural rubber latex. The 3” firm latex inner core is sandwiched between two layers of 2” soft latex and then covered with our signature OrganicPedic knit quilting.
The Flora offers a firmer feel without the hard impact of a firm surface or a compromise in comfort.
Features and Benefits
Signature OrganicPedic fully quilted cover
Eco-wool fill naturally regulates body temperature
Naturally mold-, mildew-, and dust-mite resistant
MSRP (mattress only): Twin $3195 • Full $3795 • Queen $4195 • King $6195
Foundation sold separately.
For more information about the Flora, visit the OMI website HERE or contact the OMI Sales office for questions or order inquiries at 800-951-9196.
Thank you Winnie Hamilton, a passionate Houston environmental health expert, for your wonderful review of the OMI Terra Mattress and your purchase and delivery experience with one of our OMI retailers, New Living in Houston, TX.
“I recently bought an OMI Terra mattress from New Living in Houston. I love it. The delivery guys not only came right on time (the beginning of a tiny two-hour window) and set up everything, but they also took (for a small fee) my old mattress to be recycled (i.e., not to a landfill).
But the mattress itself is amazing…incredibly comfortable and beautifully constructed. I mean, it’s actually beautiful to behold; and you can flip the pillowtop for variable plushness. I have hip problems and the wrong mattress literally destroys my life as the hip pain will wake me up every 30 minutes or so. So I need a mattress for pressure points.
A lot of people would recommend Tempur-pedic or another memory foam for me and even knowing how toxic they are I’d probably consider one if it gave me glorious sleep (even as a staunch environmentalist and health proponent, when you’re up all night…every night…in pain, your principles begin to slip), but the truth is that I tried a memory foam topper and it made me sick. I put it outside for nearly a month and still the outgassing and chemicals gave me bad headaches, tremors, bone-aching fatigue and a kind-of mental fog. Did my hips like it? Yes, a lot, but my brain and the rest of my body apparently didn’t.
Which is what led me to OMI and the Terra, which is I think probably the best organic mattress for people with hip or pressure point problems…although I’d be the first to say that finding the right mattress is intensely personal and everyone is different. I did ‘test drive’ the Terra at the Modern B&B in Houston and it felt pretty good, but one night–although better than a 10-minute ‘sleep’ in a store–isn’t sufficient.
The Terra has no smell, no toxic ‘ingredients’ and is strangely firm while also being one of the softer mattresses (people with pressure point issues generally need a mattress to support and give in the right places). In any event, I’m a fan…and New Living was super (I researched and debated for months and months. They didn’t pressure me or badmouth other companies). Last, I really do like supporting Houston companies when possible. If we want more environmentally responsible companies here, we need to support them.
To learn more about the Terra Mattress or to find a retail location near you, visit the OMI homepage, HERE, for more information.
The OrganicPedic® Terra is an innovation in the OMI world. The Terra features a 12” sculpted-surface pillow-top mattress made from 100%-natural rubber latex, and has the option of being a four-sided mattress. The Terra is available in two firmness levels: Medium Plush and Plush.
The Terra starts with a 3” core of supportive 100%-natural rubber latex , in firm or medium depending on the firmness desired. The core is joined with two inches of softer latex on the top and bottom, and covered with our signature OrganicPedic® quilting. A removable, two-sided pillow top (3” deep) — also made of 100%-natural rubber latex — is then placed on the mattress. The pillow top is made with two surface options: our exclusive sculpted surface on one side, and a flat surface on the other. This provides sleepers with maximum comfort and flexibility. The pillow top is fully covered with our signature OrganicPedic® quilting and attached to the mattress with our exclusive “button-down” process.
Features and Benefits
Sculpted surface offers pressure-point relied and increases air circulation.
Button-down pillow top can be used on either side.
Signature OrganicPedic fully quilted cover.
Eco-Wool fill naturally regulates body temperature.
Naturally mold-, mildew-, and dust-mite resistant.
MSRP (mattress only): twin $4495 • full $5795 • queen $6995 • king $8595
Foundation sold separately.
For more information about the Terra, visit the OMI website HERE or contact the OMI Sales office for questions or order inquiries at 800-951-9196.