If you have trouble trying to remember how many days there are in each month, you may be interested in Maurice and Mollie Freedman's proposal.
The New York City couple are traveling the country to promote what they call the "Tranquility Calendar," which they say would greatly simplify everyone's life.The Tranquility Calendar, so named after the spot where U.S. astronauts first landed on the moon, is similar to the old Egyptian solar calendar, which had 12 equal months of 30 days, with five extra days at the end of the year, making a total of 365.
December would have 35 days and on leap year it would have 36.
A former systems analyst for the Canadian Navy, Freedman says the calendar affects every human being from the moment they are born. "We don't realize the full significance of the calendar," he declared.
Among the many advantages of moving from the present cumbersome Gregorian calendar, which is over 400 years old, Freedman said, include having uniform months, extra time between Christmas and New Year's and stabilizing holidays and business quarters.
No longer would people have to rely on nursery rhymes or other methods to remember the exact number of days in a month.
"We are living in a business and industrial society where statistics play an important part of our lives. For example, how can you compare uneven months? You have to go through needless computerizations to get an accurate comparison of statistics" when comparing information between months, said Mollie Freedman, who lectured on and taught handwriting analysis for many years.
What about people whose birthdays don't happen to fall within the 30-day period of the first 11 months of the proposed calendar? the Freedmans were asked.
"They could either celebrate it on the 30th or the first of the following month. Haven't George Washington's and Benjamin Franklin's birthdays been changed? Under the old-style Julian calendar, Ben Franklin was born Jan. 6, 1706. But when the Gregorian calendar was finally adopted in 1752, it became Jan. 17," Mollie Freedman responded.
The Freedmans say they travel around the United States at their own expense and have nothing to gain financially if their proposal becomes a reality. They ride buses at night, cut corners on food and lodging and do other things to save money.