With the New Year rapidly approaching, this article caught my eye.
Richard Henry, a professor of applied physics, and Steve Hanke, a professor of economics at Johns Hopkins University are proposing that we change our calendar to “simplify it”. As an example of the current “complexity”, New Year’s day falls on a different day each year, as does the Fourth of July. This peskiness results from the fact that it takes our earth 365.2422 days to orbit the sun.
Currently, we solve this dilemma by accumulating those .2422 days, and every 4 years adding one extra day a year (February 29) to our calendar. Actually, over this 4 year period we’ve only amassed .9688 days, but I suppose that is close enough.
The Hanke-Henry proposal does away with that. Under it, each 12 month period is exactly like the last 12 month period. So, using this year as an example, December 25 was a Sunday, as it will be next year, and the year thereafter, etc. To accomplish this, the proposal calls for March, June, September and December to have 31 days, while all the rest will have 30 days. A calendar year will then be 364 days. I am not sure what happens if you were born on say, January 31, as January will only have 30 days, but, I can only assume that this detail will be worked out later.
However, we still have the annoying problem of the earth taking 365.2422 days to orbit the sun. The proposal solves this as well. Every 5 or 6 years a “leap week” will be added to the calendar at the end of December. I can’t tell what dates this leap week will hath…December 32 through 38? Or, perhaps, January -6 through January 0.
Messrs. Hanke and Henry are also proposing a reform dealing with the elimination of time zones and the establishment of a universal time to be used throughout the globe. So, for those of you who imbibe “a bit early”, you will no longer be able to say, “it’s five-o-clock somewhere in the world”. Under the proposal it will be five-o-clock everywhere in the world at exactly five-o-clock.
Just curious…will this simplify your life?