That will of course make the Earth slightly closer to the sun – hmm, maybe a bad idea. How about instead we slow the Earth’s orbit down, so every year is 366 days, and every year has a Feb 29th! By precisely putting the Earth into it’s correct orbit – we can get rid of this whole nonsense of leap days and years of different lengths. And – the Earth would be slightly further away from the sun, maybe helping this global warming thing a tiny bit.

If we make the year 372 days long, each month could also be 31 days each, further clearing up this nonsense of months of different lengths. The Earth would be slightly more away from the sun, thus cooling it off a little more.

So simply moving the Earth in it’s orbit will fix a whole bunch of problems! Of course, all computer programs would need to be rewritten to know about the new calendar, this would make the Y2K issue look like nothing!

If this all works, then we can start messing with the moon’s orbit, slow it down so each lunar month is also 31 days to match our new calendar. With a little bit of work, we could also move it in it’s orbit a bit, so the full moon is always on the 1st day of each month. Tide tables would be greatly simplified, since they’d be the same each month!

]]>My question is related to this extraction of your text: “Every other unit of time we use (second, hour, week, month) is rather arbitrary.”

So, how was it decided (arbitrary) that a minute is a 60th of and hour, and a second a 60th of a minute but then they stopped there?

Why did the second not get divided using the sexagesimal system and they used the decimal system instead (10ths, 100ths, 1000ths of a second … and so on…? ]]>