Seems a good day to point out this old article I wrote, in which I show that if, instead of skipping leap days in years divisible by 100 unless they’re divisible by 400, we were to just skip leap days every 128 years, the resulting calendar would be about a hundred times more accurately synchronized with Earth’s orbital period than the Gregorian calendar is. And it’d be a whole lot simpler for computer codes to deal with, too, especially given that both 4 and 128 are powers of 2; you’d just need two bit tests to determine if a year is a leap year.

It would also be confusing for humans, so don’t hold your breath.



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