Do we need to reform the calendar to eliminate anomalies like Leap Year?
Two Johns Hopkins professors, Steve Hanke (an economist and fellow of the libertarian Cato Institute) and Dick Henry (a physicist and astronomer), have been proposing the Hanke-Henry Permanent Calendar. It has the virtue of making every date fall on the same day each year. Christmas, December 25, will always be on a Monday. If your birthday is on a Saturday, it will always be on a Saturday.
There would be no leap year, no extra day every four years. What there will be to align the year with the earth’s orbit is a leap week every five or six years. This week will be added to the end of December. It will function like a month and will be known as Xtr, pronounced “extra” and would doubtless become a great festival.
See an explanation of the new calendar, which the inventors hope to begin in 2018, after the jump. The link will also take you to FAQs and the calendar itself. After the jump you will also find my critique of the whole project. (more…)