Thursday, July 29, 2010

Calendar

I was thinking about the calendar recently. Specifically, I was wondering why different months have differing amounts of days: 28, 29, 30, or 31. No, that's not quite it. What I mean is: Why do we STILL have differing amounts of days? In the olden days (whatever THAT means) the calendar was used to keep track of agricultural milestones, taxes, mythological festivals, and other stuff that we don't care about anymore. The calendar got all juggled around, with politicians moving days and months around, renaming things on a whim, etc. It's now a mess. So let's start from scratch.

Since all calendars have names (e.g. Gregorian, Julian), I think I'll name this one the Paulian Calendar. No special reason.

There about 365 days in a year. Let's call it 360 plus 5, because 360 is a nicer number to work with.

We can divide 360 by 12 months to get 30 days per month. Now every month will have the same number of days.

There are 7 days in a week, but the numbers 7 and 30 don't play well together. Instead, let's make it 6 days in a week. Each month would have 5 weeks of 6 days each. Which day of the week should we omit? How about Wednesday, since it's not pronounced at all like it's spelled.

Notice that each month has exactly 5 weeks, with no days left over. This means that each month starts on the same day of the week. I nominate Monday for that honor, since we all think of Monday as the start of the work week anyway, and the weekend would now be at the end of the week, where it belongs.

That takes care of 360 days, but what about the 5 days that we set aside? Let's call those the Extra Days and consider those to be outside the calendar altogether. We won't even name them Monday, Tuesday, etc., we'll just number them 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. We'll stick them between Sunday December 30 and Monday January 1. People could use them for anything they want: cleaning the house, making snowmen (in the northern hemisphere), going to the beach (in the southern hemisphere), backing up their computers, catching up on a good book, attending various bacchanalias, etc.

What about leap years? Currently, we add a day to the end of February. In the Paulian Calendar, we'll add a day to the Extra Days to make six altogether.

One byproduct of this calendar is more time off from work. In our current calendar, there are about 260 working days in the year. In the Paulian Calendar, there are just 240. Nice.

Here it is. Sorry it doesn't fit nicely here!

January February March April
Mo Tu Th Fr Sa Su Mo Tu Th Fr Sa Su Mo Tu Th Fr Sa Su Mo Tu Th Fr Sa Su
 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6
 7 8 9 10 11 12 7 8 9 10 11 12 7 8 9 10 11 12 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 13 14 15 16 17 18 13 14 15 16 17 18 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 19 20 21 22 23 24 19 20 21 22 23 24 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 25 26 27 28 29 30 25 26 27 28 29 30 25 26 27 28 29 30

May June July August
Mo Tu Th Fr Sa Su Mo Tu Th Fr Sa Su Mo Tu Th Fr Sa Su Mo Tu Th Fr Sa Su
 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6
 7 8 9 10 11 12 7 8 9 10 11 12 7 8 9 10 11 12 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 13 14 15 16 17 18 13 14 15 16 17 18 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 19 20 21 22 23 24 19 20 21 22 23 24 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 25 26 27 28 29 30 25 26 27 28 29 30 25 26 27 28 29 30

September October November December
Mo Tu Th Fr Sa Su Mo Tu Th Fr Sa Su Mo Tu Th Fr Sa Su Mo Tu Th Fr Sa Su
 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6
 7 8 9 10 11 12 7 8 9 10 11 12 7 8 9 10 11 12 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 13 14 15 16 17 18 13 14 15 16 17 18 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 19 20 21 22 23 24 19 20 21 22 23 24 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 25 26 27 28 29 30 25 26 27 28 29 30 25 26 27 28 29 30

Extra Days: 1 2 3 4 5 (6 Leap Day)

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