Two scientists from Johns Hopkins University hope we'll all be using a new calendar by 2017, one in which dates would occur on the same day of the week every year, the BBC reports.
Physics and astronomy professor Richard Henry and economics professor Steve Hanke argue that the Gregorian calendar we live by today - in which quarter and month lengths vary and dates pop up on different days each year - presents too many scheduling difficulties and creates what they call "calendar confusion."
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Their proposed Hanke-Henry Permanent Calendar, would still be based on 7-day weeks and 12-month years, but events, they say, would just need to be scheduled once, forever. Christmas, as the BBC explains by example, would always occur on a Sunday.
The new calendar, the scientists say, would make everything from interest rate calculations to football games to corporate quarterly earnings numbers easier to manage.
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Hanke and Henry have targeted January 1, 2017 to gain a worldwide launch of their new calendar. That date will be the next time the first day of the year lands on a Sunday. But the pair face many obstacles, both psychological and financial.
"The real objection," Henry told the BBC, "is that people say ‘my birthday would always be on a Wednesday.'" He allowed that the initial financial cost to get the world to switch over would be "significant" but "zero" when amortized over the course of humanity's future.