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

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  1. lumen2light profile image61
    lumen2lightposted 9 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?

  2. Rock_nj profile image92
    Rock_njposted 9 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.

    1. lumen2light profile image61
      lumen2lightposted 9 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.

    2. LoisRyan13903 profile image62
      LoisRyan13903posted 9 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.

  3. lone77star profile image76
    lone77starposted 9 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.

    1. lumen2light profile image61
      lumen2lightposted 9 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.

    2. Borsia profile image40
      Borsiaposted 9 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.

  4. tvs290 profile image59
    tvs290posted 9 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.

    1. skgrao profile image70
      skgraoposted 9 years agoin reply to this

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

    2. tvs290 profile image59
      tvs290posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah everybody wants to live forever.

  5. Neil Sperling profile image61
    Neil Sperlingposted 9 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.

    1. skgrao profile image70
      skgraoposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Yes Sir.

  6. conradofontanilla profile image66
    conradofontanillaposted 9 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

  7. ZIa Ahmed khan profile image47
    ZIa Ahmed khanposted 9 years ago

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

  8. breathe2travel profile image77
    breathe2travelposted 9 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?

  9. profile image33
    Jayesefposted 9 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.

  10. profile image0
    Larry Wallposted 9 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.

    1. profile image0
      Larry Wallposted 9 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.

  11. cyoung35 profile image81
    cyoung35posted 9 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?

    1. lumen2light profile image61
      lumen2lightposted 9 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.

  12. krillco profile image86
    krillcoposted 9 years ago

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

    1. lumen2light profile image61
      lumen2lightposted 9 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!

  13. alahiker28 profile image87
    alahiker28posted 9 years ago

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

  14. skgrao profile image70
    skgraoposted 9 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.

  15. Richard Brush profile image61
    Richard Brushposted 9 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.

  16. Billrrrr profile image73
    Billrrrrposted 9 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.

  17. junkseller profile image81
    junksellerposted 9 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.

    1. lumen2light profile image61
      lumen2lightposted 9 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)

  18. Jeannieinabottle profile image92
    Jeannieinabottleposted 9 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."

    1. lumen2light profile image61
      lumen2lightposted 9 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.

  19. maharg1956 profile image59
    maharg1956posted 9 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??

  20. Borsia profile image40
    Borsiaposted 9 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.

  21. toptendeals profile image74
    toptendealsposted 9 years ago

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


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