Are You Satisfied With Our Calendar?

This may come as a shock, but not everyone is satisfied with our current calendar.

We presently use the Gregorian Calendar, which was first established in 1582.  But everyone is familiar with its quirks, like months with either 28, 30, or 31 days.  What if it there were no leap years, holidays fell on the day day every year, there were no more Friday the 13ths, and there were no time zones anywhere in the world?  Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?

There is a proposal for just that, called the Hanke-Henry Permanent Calendar.  It was proposed as a more stable alternative to the Gregorian Calendar.  We would still have a seven-day week, but each quarter would have two months of 30 days and one of 31 days.  Financial calculations would be simplified with such uniformity, especially by not having any more 28-day months.   The same day always falls on the same date, year after year.  Seasonal balance would be maintained by adding an extra week to the end of December every five to six years.  The proposal also includes using the same time everywhere in the world, thus abolishing time zones.  Radical?  From a purely physics standpoint, there is only one time anyway!

Its creators would like to see it adopted on January 1, 2018.  And if you really think it’s a good idea, start using it now by downloading a copy at

To read more about the Hanke-Henry Permanent Calendar, visit for February 29, 2016.  (


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