The Podolski-Gorman calendar*

\Dave Gorman on Modern Life is Goodish proposed a calendar reform. I'll explain quickly, each month is 28 days, exactly four weeks. Since this leaves out 29 days, we label the 13th month Gormanuary and have a day of Intermission, which is not a month. In order to comply with the 365/6 Gregorian & Julian calendars with leap days, there are two days of Intermission where there were leap days. I thought "Wow, that's rather brilliant!" but it can be improved. For a more accurate calendar that will do away with leap days entirely, we could simply make Intermission last 29 hours, 49 minutes, 20 seconds, and 640 milliseconds roughly the length of time it would take to make it perfectly accurate with the Sun.

Intermission is neither a day of the week - 28 February (let's say 2000) is a Saturday, then Intermission, and then 1 March 2001 is a Sunday - and it's not a month. It is simply an extra added, null "day" which doesn't add to the week itself.

Obviously, since Gormanuary is a joke, I'd suggest naming the last month Finuary, since finis is the Latin word for the final part of something. I know Dave isn't serious about Gormanuary from this text on his blog @ "the 13th month which could be called anything but for sake of argument let's call it Gormanuary.".

I might be wrong though, if I made a mistake, email me.

Update: 20 May 1917

Now that I've thought about it, having Intermission being exactly the remainder of the year would offset the hours, so that eventually 6 AM is the beginning of night. There are two ways to remedy this, either shorten 1 March, thereby removing the point of the lengthened intermission, or use the mainstream Gorman calendar, which lengthens Intermission to 366 days whenever a leap year would have happened.

*I put my name first so that Gorman is the name people are a little more likely to remember.