Friday, September 04, 2009


Proposal: an eight day week which provides for a 3 day weekend.

Plan: Create an eight day week, the days being called respectively starting from the beginning: Drab, Better, Peak, Come-back, Bearable, Fun, Fun2, and an eighth day to be named "Funday." The first seven days corresponding with what are now modestly called Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Author's note of explanation: Assuming at this time that the proposed calendar is still regulated and according to the earth's revolution about the sun and its subsequent eclipse being joined at one point by December 31 and January 1, we see a problem created by the addition of one extra day to every week. Assuming also that the period of time being labelled "day" is regulated and according to the earth's revolution about its axis and its subsequent eclipse being joined at one point by 11:59 and 59 seconds and 12 o'clock midnight and one second, I proceed with my proposal and explanation.

To work this calendar, the need becomes apparent to obtain 52 extra days; one for each of the 52 weeks in a year. March, being a practically useless and inconsequential month, the new calendar will remove said month from its schedule. However, to consider the wishes and feelings of all those people with birthdays occurring in March, I propose the following:

The new calendar utilizes the days taken from March, as the extra day for each week. This will distribute March around and give the new calendar 31 of the 52 days it needs. After the deletion of March and its four weeks, the new calendar will have only 48 weeks which also cuts down its need for days to only 48, 31 of which are taken care of by March.

Next, we must cut into February for the remaining 17 days. The removal of 17 days leaves 11 days remaining--or one complete week and one shorter group containing only 4days. However by removing two weeks of February shortens our week count and day need to 46 which means the removal of only 15 days. This gives one week to February plus another shorter 6 day week.

The days of March and those removed from February will be added consecutively on the end of each of the 46 weeks of the year, but will still retain their names of March and February and their own numbers. Hence the first week of the new calendar year will be:

Monday Jan. 1, Tuesday Jan 2, Wednesday Jan 3, Thursday Jan 4, Friday Jan 5, Saturday Jan 6, Sunday Jan 7, and Funday March 1.

The second week follows the same pattern but with Funday of this week being March 2. On the third week March 3 and so on until all of March is used up which will be approximately the beginning of October. The week following Funday, March 31 will end with Funday, February 14, that being the first of the 18 days in February that were needed for the calendar. The year will continue in this manner until February 28, which is New Year's Eve, and January 1 which will start the calendar over on a Monday.

This new calendar, like the old calendar, has one minor flaw. That is what is known as leap year. At the end of every year there is an extra 1/4 of a day left over. The old calendar chooses to save this 1/4 of a day for four years until it has collected enough time for one whole day which it tacks on at the end of February. This creates a problem for people who happened to be born on this extra day. The question arises if they were really born completely on that day or merely born in fourths the four preceding years, sections of which make up their birthday. They also wonder when to celebrate--on the wrong day every year or only once every 4 years.
I have handled this complicated situation in a way I feel will try to satisfy these people.

I propose that a shorter 6 hour day be recognized every year whenever it is and that this new day be called February 29/4 because it is one fourth of February 29. After all, six hours every year is better than nothing at all.

I feel the proposed new calendar is way superior to the old one in the singular fact that it allows for a three day weekend which is extremely beneficial and agreeable to all. It does this without cutting into the weekdays for it still provides for a five day work week with 3 days off each weekend.

-Laura Cash Solberg, age 16-

I wrote this when I was in high school.