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#1 2006-03-01 09:06:48

John E. Franklin
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Registered: 2005-08-29
Posts: 3,564

sept oct dec

Anyone know if  the
9th, 10th and 12th months
were named after the
numbers two below that.
Sept = 7
Oct = 8
Dec = 10
Is it just a coincidence?


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#2 2006-03-01 10:08:09

mathsyperson
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Registered: 2005-06-22
Posts: 4,900

Re: sept oct dec

Nov is also close to 9.

But anyway, no, that's not a coincidence.

There used to just be 10 months, so they were named correctly.

Then July and August got added by the Romans after Julius and Augustus Caesar, which messed up the whole thing. roll


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#3 2006-03-01 18:16:09

ryos
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Registered: 2005-08-04
Posts: 394

Re: sept oct dec

Yeah, our calendar drags. It is said that the Mayans had a calendar that required no leap years. I'm sure if we put our minds to it, we could come up with one too.

What would it take to transition our globe to a sane time structure? Would it even be possible/worth the effort?

Well, countries have switched weights and measures before. But time is more integral. Besides reprogramming _everything_, we'd have to reprogram ourselves. Not gonna happen.


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