Be Good Not Bad by Brian Warren

10 July 2006

Marfday

I have given it a bit of thought and I think that the people of earth should institute something called Marfday.

The problem

One year is a shade over 365 days. We, as Earthlings have chosen a seven day week, probably because the average worker will only tolerate five days of work before needing two days to drink beer and watch sports.

If you do the math, you will notice that 365 isn’t evenly divisible by seven. In fact, 7 × 52 = 364.

Consequently, if the year started on a Sunday, then the year ends with a Sunday, and the new year starts with a Monday. If it’s a Leap Year, well then everything goes to pot because you have another whole day in there messing things up.

The problem is that the calendar is poorly designed, with weird consistency issues that lead to confusion.

A solution

I suggest we remove that last day of the year from the flow of the week. In CSS terms, we could just position:absolute; that day. If the year starts on a Sunday, that would make Dec 30th a Saturday. I suggest we make December 31st Marfday, and January 1st ends up a Sunday.

Naturally we could make February 29th a Marfday too, solving the Leap Year problem.

Why it’s a great idea

Think of it: Why do you throw away calendars at the end of the year? Because they don’t work next year, right? The dates and days are all off. Well, with Marfday, there is no throwing away of calendars. They become useful year after year, especially if all you write on a calendar is people’s birthdays and anniversaries.

An intangible benefit to Marfday is the fact that dates would always fall on the same day of the week. January 1st would always be on a sunday, as it did this year. That means America’s Independence Day falls on a Tuesday every year. If you’re employer is generous, that means a nice four-day weekend every year.

The Resistance!

There are a few drawbacks. A seventh of the world might get ticked off having their birthday fall on a wednesday every year. And five sevenths of the world might start resenting the lucky folks who get a birthday on the weekend. This might even slowly develop a caste system where the weekenders rule over the weekdayers. I say tough. I have a late summer birthday, meaning that all through childhood I didn’t get my birthday celebrated during school. I turned out alright enough. Eventually though, the weekday folks could rise up and take over the weekenders and institute a flip, where we work two days a week and have a nice five-day weekend.

Calendar makers might lobby against it. I’m sure they have some coalition with some sway in governments. They’ve had our business for years, every year. I say their time is up.

Marfday: Simplifying the calendar.

Hopefully, people will realize the wisdom of Marfday and we can see real positive change in the calendaring system.