Thoughts on this leap day

So when “they” (the Romans?) invented this calendar we use, instead of giving February 28 days and 29 every four years, they could have instead taken a day each from two of the months with 31 days, made February 30 days like most other months, and ended up with seven months with 30 days and five with 31.  That would be a lot more consistent and easy to deal with, don’t you think?

It’d be even better if they put the seven 30 day months first (January to July) and then finished the year with the five 31 day months (August to December).  Leap day would then best be put at the end of July —  July 31st, every four years.

Even better still, 365 days divides pretty evenly into thirteen 28 day months.

I think the 13th month should be called Zorgember.

28? 30? 31? Whaaaaaat?


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14 responses to “Thoughts on this leap day

  1. Jim

    George Eastman, of Kodak fame, was a strong proponent for a 13-month year — the same 365 days, broken into 13 months. Apparently, he forced the issue within his company; Kodak camera date codes sometimes reflect this 13-month year.

  2. You think too much! 🙂 Ah, life is too messy to have 13 months of 28 days. 🙂 We just need to stop trying to control time/nature, i think.

    • I’ll take that as a compliment. 🙂 Thinkin’ is fun! But don’t ‘cha see? With a 13 month calendar, life would be less messy because each month would have the same number of days, exactly 4 weeks every month, and each month would always start on a Sunday and end on a Saturday. Consistency makes life easier. Plus, there would be 1 more (2 in a leap year) holidays every year! 🙂 (got all that from Wikipedia)

      Calendars and time itself are already artificial constructs we apply to nature. So since we’re going to do that anyway, it’d be nice if we’d have done it in a way that makes more sense. But there were attempts to fix this early in the last century which, like Esperanto, did not stick. Our current calendar has too much momentum, so you don’t have to worry about this actually happening. 🙂

  3. Great thinking, and it make so much sense. 😀 Zorgember would be easy to remember. 🙂

  4. You’ve put a lot of thought into this, haven’t you? I don’t know…I’m just thankful that the shortest month of the year is in the dreary winter season – makes spring seem to come a tiny bit faster. 😉

    I do like the idea of Zorgember idea though. 😀

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