# Would it make sense to have 13 months in a year? (basically 4 week months)

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lumen2lightposted 7 years ago

Would it make sense to have 13 months in a year? (basically 4 week months)

How would a 4 week month affect you?

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Rock_njposted 7 years ago

Yes.  It would make a lot of sense to have 13 months with 4 weeks in each month.  Keep in mind that the only reason why we have a 12 month calendar, instead of a 10 month calendar is because Julius Caesar wanted a month named after him (July) and Caesar Augustus also wanted a month named after him (August).  It's all kind of arbitrary and not based on what makes sense for keeping track of the days.

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lumen2lightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

We could always go back to 10 months a year, but that would make a lot of five week months, not sure if my wages would stretch that far that often.

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LoisRyan13903posted 7 years agoin reply to this

But that would be an extra pay day each month, if you get paid weekly.  And it would be great, you have the extra days to pay bills.

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lone77starposted 7 years ago

Lovely idea, but there may be too many people who "fear" the number 13. Alas!

A 4-week month would help greatly to simplify calculations. The one or two extra days to fill out the year could be holidays -- part of New Years, perhaps.

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lumen2lightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

Quite right, just think of all those people freaking out when it's the 13th day of the 13th month 2013.

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Borsiaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

In the global view 12 is just as unlucky as 13. In many countries you never give an even  number of anything unless it is a sad event.
So you give a girl 13 roses unless it is for her funeral then it is 12.

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tvs290posted 7 years ago

Human numbering Calculation in Every part of mathematics and Physics is Only 99.99% accurate so, we can make as many months for a year if we want.

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skgraoposted 7 years agoin reply to this

Make one day one month so our age will change slowly and we age slowly.

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tvs290posted 7 years agoin reply to this

Yeah everybody wants to live forever.

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Neil Sperlingposted 7 years ago

LOL - really I don't think it matters. No matter how you work it out there will always be 365 1/4 days a year..... and you will keep getting older.

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skgraoposted 7 years agoin reply to this

Yes Sir.

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conradofontanillaposted 7 years ago

The Gregorian calendar will become obsolete. The new calendar will be called Franciscan that will trigger a little war among religious orders. It will turn the numerologists nuts as 13 is dooms day. read more

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ZIa Ahmed khanposted 7 years ago

It Does exists? But you do not know? When the salary is paid weekly , you get 13 months salary.

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breathe2travelposted 7 years ago

Yes.  Then we would not have to differentiate between lunar and calendar months.  A month would be a month.  Although -- how would we determine which month gets the extra day in a leap year?

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Jayesefposted 7 years ago

There's no point in sense these days. If you change a year to 13 months for sensible reasons, some wise guy will come by and change it back to 12 months for historical reasons.

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Larry Wallposted 7 years ago

Having 13 months of four weeks each might be more convenient, but it will probably result in more trouble that it is worth. In my last job, I was paid an annual salary divided into two payments each month. Add another month I get 26 checks instead of 24.

However, as most people who are paid weekly or every two weeks, there are several time a year that you get that "extra" check each month. It is not free, You have earned it, but usually the withholdings for insurance and other deductions (except taxes) are calculated on the basis of four weeks each months. So when a thrid or fifth payday (two-weeek pay period or one-week pay period) the extra checks are a little ligher, especially at the end of the year if you manage to out earn the Social Security limit. The idea is good, but I am not sure it is worth the effort.

I am unemployed, and will start receiving SS in September. Getting 12 checks or 13 checks will not make a lot o difference.

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Larry Wallposted 7 years agoin reply to this

Just curious. 365 divided by 13 equals 28.0769. per month. Are we going to have we extra 0.769 days per month? I know it is a ridiculous question, but having seen insurance effective dates, labor deadlines, etc, it is something to think about.

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cyoung35posted 7 years ago

It would be interesting to say the least and as long as there isn't another large holiday in that month it would be ok. What would you call the extra month?

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lumen2lightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

‘Pain’ because no matter how much of a good idea it might be, it would cost a fortune and the tax payer would have to fund it.

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krillcoposted 7 years ago

And what of the sun and the earth? Will they be convinced to change their ways to accommodate the new calendar?

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lumen2lightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

The earth will still turn, the sun will rise and there will still be 365 days in a year. The calendar is a human creation therefore could be manipulated however we want. Caesar did it!

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alahiker28posted 7 years ago

Probably, but I sure would miss my two extra paychecks each year : )  (I get paid bi-weekly).

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skgraoposted 7 years ago

In India we have our own calender and thank god it does not change even if you want to do as it is an austronumericalplanetary calender going as the sun rotates and  that does not change.
However no politician will agree to any change and govt has to bend and buckle to politicians who form a part of the govt since no single party can come to power now with frauds and scams painted on their party flags which we have to see most part of our time with some election for some reason in some part of the state and we do not see our national flag so often like in USA. In fact if you ask someone what color is on top of our national flag many would go to Google Search.

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Richard Brushposted 7 years ago

It does get a bit confusing.  Christian years, greek months, leap years, and daylight savings time just make the typical calendar year look different every time.

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Billrrrrposted 7 years ago

If you like balance and symmetry in life, what could be better than 13 months?  There are 52 weeks in a year and 13 times 4 equals 52.

We could name the new month, 'balance'.  The month of BALANCE, would be so named, because it would indeed bring shape to our wobbly life.  The stars and moon would align and peace would  overspread the earth.

Oh wait a minute, I seem to have accidentally eaten some of those strange mushrooms left over from a 'Billy Jack' movie.

Let's stick with 12 floppy months.

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junksellerposted 7 years ago

Well in terms of making sense, why even have 7-day weeks? I've always kind of liked the idea of having a celebration day for each of the solstices and equinoxes and then one extra celebration day for either the new year or for one of the seasons which would alternate year to year. Then once every four years would be a three day celebration to account for the leap year. I know that's very pagan of me, but whether we acknowledge it or not, the sun is still very important to us.

At any rate, with those 5 days of celebration taken out, we'd have 360 days left, which nicely breaks down in to 4 seasons of 90 days which could be divided into nine 10-day weeks or fifteen 6-day weeks (or some other variation).

And if you wanted to go even further, there are approximately 6 moon events per season (full moon and new moons). With celebration days for these, you'd have 84 days in a season which would be twelve 7-day weeks.

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lumen2lightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

Personally, I would much prefer a 5 day week, 3 working 2 for the week end. (even better if it was the other way round)

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Jeannieinabottleposted 7 years ago

I've always thought that would make more sense too.  The only thing I dread is someone would probably think it is a good idea to turn that 13th month into one full month of Christmas.  People seriously get more and more carried away with that holiday every year.  I could see people saying, "hey, why not just delay Christmas for a few days and make it 4 weeks now."

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lumen2lightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

Only one month for Christmas! we already have adverts for Christmas parties in all the restaurants and hotels. Each year I see xmas decorations going up earlier, some leave them up all year.

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maharg1956posted 7 years ago

Unfortunately the responses, interesting as they are, don't take into account the length of a year, which is 365.25 days.

If you had a 13 month year which consisted neatly of 4 weeks each month, you would only have 364 days, meaning that every year we would lose 1.25 days. It would only take 22 years for our calendar to be out by 1 month.

To rectify that we would have to do exactly what we do now, which is to alter the length of a month, at some point in the year. This would mean 12 x 4 week months, plus one month of 29 days and then, every 4 years, either 2 months of 29 days or 1 month of 30 days.

So, as nice as a lunar calendar might seem, it would be just as impractical as people seem to think our present 12 month year is.

A full year of 365.25 days is 525 960 minutes so the only other practical solution would be to alter the length of a day. An hour would need 60.206044 minutes . . . .Any volunteers to design the new clock??

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Borsiaposted 7 years ago

I'm retired so it doesn't really matter to me every day is the same except for weekend traffic, which wouldn't change.
Overall I think it would be nice to have everything balanced but it will never happen.

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toptendealsposted 7 years ago

Sounds good to me.  I'll take an extra month of benefits.

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