Re: Y10K, & "Who needs the Gregorian calendar, anyway?"

From: Technotranscendence (
Date: Tue Apr 11 2000 - 22:24:44 MDT

On Monday, April 10, 2000 8:40 AM M. E. Smith wrote:
[big snip]
> Actually, if there were 13 months of 28 days each,
> that makes 364 days a year. It would take almost a
> century for your birthday to change seasons. Isn't
> that close enough? And the 13th month could be named
> "Smithember", because I thought of it! Yeah! And all
> you people who were born on the 29th, 30th, or 31st
> would just be out of luck, no birthdays for you...

Actually, M. E. Smith is not the first to come up with this Calendar. I
first read about it when I was in grade school and, if my memory's correct,
it was proposed as early as the 1930s. I'm too tired right now to search
for the first person to come up with this idea. (This is not to knock
Smith. That he came upon it independently -- if s/he did -- is

Another thing is that changing calendars no longer has the same flair it did
hundreds of years ago. Witness, e.g., how the Revolutionaries in France
failed to get that nation to stick with a new calendar.

Daniel Ust

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