Calendar alternatives

Today’s Wall Street Journal includes an article by “the numbers guy,” Charles Forelle, about the problems of our modern calendar. Everyone knows the most elementary aspect of the problem: we never know what day of the week any significant event will fall on. (Quick: do you remember what day of the week 9/11 was? I don’t; I’d have to look it up!). This means that the major religious festivals, because they are moveable feasts, will fall on a Monday, a Saturday, a Wednesday, etc. Even those that don’t have all the complications associated with the lunar calendar a la Easter [...]

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