The Hanke-Henry calendar is a solution to a non-problem.
The Hanke-Henry calendar has gotten some press in the past few days as an alternative to the Gregorian calendar. In it, March, June, September and December would have 31 days, while the other months have 30. Every 5 or 6 years there would be a “leap week” of seven days that wouldn’t belong to any month, but be called “xtra.” Because poor literacy is kewl.
The two professors who invented this calendar propose its a better alternative to the Gregorian calendar because every day of the year falls on the same day of the week. January 1st would always fall on a Sunday, as would every day following a “31st.”
There are some problems with this, and I’ll make a list here:
This is a solution to a non-problem. The reason it is being proposed is because its “economic[ally advantageous]” to adopt a calendar where every day falls on the same day of the week. Supposedly organizations spend loads of money calculating when dates occur on what days of the week. I don’t buy it. Anyone can look at a calendar and know which dates are on certain days of the week. If they’re talking about future years, they can be very easily calculated and the most it costs is the price of an almanac.
The leap week (I refuse to call it “Xtra”) is more inconsistent. The Gregorian leap day is February 29 and happens once every four years except in years divisible by 100 but not 400. Nice and relatively simple. Leap weeks go in a pattern of 5-6-6. Additionally, the week doesn’t belong to any month, but counted as its own “month.”
The people who proposed this are proposing a worldwide 24-hour clock. That would still be on GMT and they intend to “solve the problem” of time differences by having everyone in the world be on the same time. The reason we have different time zones is so everyone gets up and goes to work at 9am all over the world, not so people in London go to work at 9am, people in New York go to work at 4am, and at 5pm in Beijing.