National Geographic linked to one of the latest, in a long line of, new calendar proposals yesterday. Doing away with the 'leap day' (February 29th, which appears in every calendar year divisible by 4... unless it's the start of a new century... unless that century-starting year is also divisible by 400) and, instead, offer a 'leap week' every 5-6 years! The purpose for the 'leap' is still the same: to knock the calendar back in-line with the actual rotation of the Earth which isn't exactly 365 days long.
The proposal for this, the Hanke-Henry Permanent Calendar, is to start the conversion in 2013 and have it fully implemented on January 1, 2017.
Benefits of this calendar include:
- the days of the year are always the same day of the week; for example, Christmas (December 25th) will always fall on a Sunday;
- the year will always start on a Sunday and end on a Saturday;
- there are still seven days in a week (whereas a lot of other proposed calendars, apparently, suggest other numbers of days per week);
What do you think? Would you ever imagine a world with a different calendar? Does the idea of February having 30 days every year freak you out?
» Found at: The Henry Foundation @ John Hopkins University