Jacob Proffitt Jacob at
Sun Feb 9 22:52:43 EST 2003

---Original Message From: Jon Noble
> > 
> > Since the cycle of the moon is 29 days, I'd say that
> > a typical menstrual
> > cycle is much closer to lunar than anything else is.
> >  I have no trouble
> > understanding how the two cycles became interwoven.
> > Months are strange,
> > actually.  If you do the math, you could have 13
> > months of 28 days each and
> > be one day short of a full year.  So to me, it'd
> > make more sense for us to
> > have 13 months of 28 days with one heck of a
> > new-years party stuck somewhere
> > interesting...
> > 
> Yes but that extra day (day and a half is nearer)
> would quickly make a difference, you'd be half a month
> out after a year. There has been some talk of new year
> on another list I'm on. January 1 was only adopted as
> New Years Day in Britain in the middle of the 18th
> century. before that Ladies Day (March 25) was
> traditional, but there were plenty of variations. In
> Australia bankers and accountants still celebrate New
> Year on July 1, and in other parts of world other
> dates are used. The muslim new year cycles through the
> year as they use a Lunar calendar. Some calendars
> combine lunar and solar elements (chinese), as does
> the determination of Easter.

You'd have to do the leap-year thingy, of course.  Seems to me that
leap-year makes a bunch more sense adding it to a non-existent month than
adding it to just any ole month...


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