If you’re tired of starting every year wondering what day of the week your birthday will fall on or the exact date of Labor Day, two professors at Johns Hopkins University have your back. They’ve proposed a new calendar that would eradicate any such mystery.

After years of research and planning, astrophysicist Richard Conn Henry and applied economist Steve Hanke devised a calendar they say would make it easy to plan annual activities like holidays and academic schedules.

“Think about how much time and effort are expended each year in redesigning the calendar of every single organization in the world, and it becomes obvious that our calendar would make life much simpler and would have noteworthy benefits,” said Henry.

So how would it work? Every third month on the new calendar would have 31 days and the others would have just 30, adding up to a total of 364 days, while leap years would be dropped in favor of an extra week at the end of December every five or six years.

The pair say their calendar is better than previous alternative calendars because it keeps each week at seven days, respecting the beliefs of those opposed to violating “the Fourth Commandment about keeping the Sabbath Day.”

Henry and Hanke also want to eliminate time zones, instead adopting a universal time around the world to streamline international business.

Hanke knows convincing people to adopt all the changes would be difficult, but adds, “Our job is to get the science right and get the idea ventilated, and make the argument and do the advocacy if it’s necessary, and let the chips fall where they may.”


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