Wednesday, 29 June 2016

The Calendar We Use Makes No Sense

Have you ever wondered why the calendar is the way it is? Have you ever wished it made a little more sense? Well, you are definitely not the only one. The calendar we use doesn't make a whole lot of sense, and there have been various projects over the years to update the calendar so that it actually makes sense. None of these have ever received the amount of support they need, but the twelve months we use are weird. Of course, it's not a huge surprise that they have never gained significant support. Just look at the difficulty there has been with units of measurement. It has received more or less support, and officially the standard system is the international system of measurement, but the USA is still stuck on the Imperial system, as are other countries. Canada certainly has not done away with the Imperial system when using it at home. So how could we make the calendar work better? Well, the French devised a Metric calendar and clock at one time. It made sense, more or less, but it never caught on. An image has been floating around the Internet, and it makes more sense, coinciding with the Lunar cycle, having thirteen months in a year. It is explained in the image posted below. It has thirteen months, matching the thirteen lunar cycles, and has four weeks every month. One or two extra days is added at the beginning of every year.



This fixes the issues, as it is easy to keep track of, but would it ever catch on? The metric calendar made even more sense, but it never caught on, so why would this? Actually, it wouldn't catch on any better. There is significant benefit to the seven day week with at least a one day weekend. Learning a new calendar, or having two valid calendars would create huge problems. It could be changed, but the cost would be huge, and there is no system that would create any real benefit. In the end, it's nothing more than a fun idea, and it won't be implemented. There's just no justification.

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