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December 30, 2011 - Karin Elton
How surreal would it be to go to bed on a Thursday night and wake up and it’s Saturday? Samoans did just that this week and no they weren’t in a mass coma or sleeping off a pre-New Year’s Eve bender.
Samoa switched from a time zone that matched the United States’ to one that meshes with neighbors Asia, New Zealand and Australia so it can be a better trading partner.
Also weird would be for us to use a new calendar. Two Johns Hopkins University professors have developed a calendar that allows every date to have a permanently synched day of the week on which it falls.
We would have a 364-day year. Every third month on the new calendar would have 31 days, with the rest of the months having 30. Instead of a leap year every four years, there would be an extra week at the end of December every five or six years. Cool!
Holidays would be more consistent. Christmas would always be celebrated on a Sunday, for instance, and Memorial Day Monday could always be on May 28.
I think I could handle that calendar. It would be easier to plan things and you wouldn’t have to buy a new calendar each year.
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