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

From: Adrian Tymes (
Date: Mon Apr 10 2000 - 23:15:16 MDT

"M. E. Smith" wrote:
> 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...

I've seen this proposed (non-seriously) more than once, in various
places. Sometimes the main desire is to keep the months more stable;
sometimes it's just a wish for a break from the past little enough for
most people to accept (say, doing away with the month names in favor of
A-M; fill in your personal historic heros for the actual names).

It might have benefits, arguably...but I can't see any way in which the
benefits of switching would overcome the cost of conversion in any
timespan that the people one would have to sell this to could personally
relate to. (Maybe once life extension gives people enough perspective
that average personal horizons start becoming more than a year, or even
a month...)

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