Something to Think About

"I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Calendar Proposal

Have you heard about the proposed new calendar?  The Hanke-Henry calendar is named after the two men who came up with the idea: Richard Conn Henry (an astronomer) and Steve Hanke (an economist).  The calendar would have 8 months of 30 days and every 3rd month would have 31 days.  This would create a 364-day year.  That year would always begin on a Sunday.  In fact, Christmas and New Year's day would always be Sundays, as well.  There would no longer be floating holidays as these would be set.  There would be no more leap years with an extra day.  Instead, there would be an extra week added every 5 or 6 years.

I can see some advantages but personally I don't think people will be willing to adopt this.  For one thing, people don't like change - even when it makes sense. (Remember how it was decided that the US was going to switch over to the metric system back in the 70s?  Yeah.  Didn't happen, did it?) For another thing, I can't see having my birthday fall on a Monday every year!  That'd just be ludicrous!

Seriously, though... what do you folks think about the proposal?

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