New Scientist – Novel calendar system creates regular dates

There’s a physicist in the states who wants to change our calendar so that every year is the same. For example, December 25 would always be on a Sunday. He is also proposing that we all adopt Grenwich Mean Time (GMT) which is ridiculous. While I think this is an admirable goal, I think his method of doing so needs some improvement.

Here is my idea:

  • Thirteen months instead of twelve.
  • Twenty-eight days in every month (four weeks per month).
  • One extra day every year that falls outside of any month (Two extra days every fourth year). These extra days should be international holidays.
  • One Monday every month would be a holiday giving us a long weekend every month.
  • There would be three time zones in the world, each would be 8 hours off from the adjacent time zone. All of North and South America would be in the same time zone. Europe and Africa would share a time zone, and Asia and Australia would share the other time zone. Of course business hours may not be 9-5 throughout any time zone, as that may not be convenient.

Now I realize that many people would not like to have thirteen months in a year, and there would be some complaints from those who would no longer have a birthday (ie. Those born on the 29th, 30th or 31st of a month). There will also be complaints from people who think this is a “pagan” calander as it would be more closely related to the movement of the moon. That is not the goal. The goal is to create a consistent calendar. Complaints will also come from those who don’t like the number thirteen which is a load of crap as far as I’m concerned. Yes, bad things have happened on the 13th in the past, but bad things have also happened on other dates as well (ie. 2001-09-11 and 2004-12-26 being just two recent examples).
I don’t think any of this will ever happen though, because there are too many countries that would never adopt the new calendar. We’ll have to wait and see what happens. Imagine if you will though, Fourteen (or Fifteen) Holiday days per year! If we tie the extra days together with a regular Monday holiday, people could have an extended break once a year.

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