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New world order? Henry's wonderful tree-saving calendar.

Would the world be a better place if the calendar were to remain static? If you were born on a Monday, your birthday would always fall on a Monday? Christmas would always happen on a Sunday, say?

Well, if Professor Richard Henry, physicist and astronomer at John Hopkins University in the US, has his way, that's exactly what would happen and the 365-day calendar would be assigned to the trashcan of history. He believes he has devised a better way of reckoning dates than the one that's been around for more than 400 years.

In Henry's World Calendar, some months would lose a day, others would gain one and leap years would be discarded in favour of a weeklong mini month between June and July every five to six years. "This," says Henry, "would be a stable calendar--identical from year to year--that would make for much more convenient planning."

It's actually the earth's fault that we're stuck with such an unwieldy way of keeping track of the days. An earth-year contains an uneven number of days--365.2422, to be precise--making a leap year necessary every four years, and muddling dates and days in an otherwise event-reliable universe.

Sadly, Henry has to concede that his World Calendar probably won't see the light of day because it breaks the seven-day cycle of the week, to which many are attached. "But," he says, "it would also reduce costs to businesses, schools and other organisations; they wouldn't have to buy a new one every year. People might tire of the same old pictures on the calendar, but think of the trees you'd save!"
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Title Annotation:physicist and astronomer Richard Henry devised new calendar technique
Publication:African Business
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Date:Feb 1, 2005
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