Re: Why not 13 months? (Was La Systeme Metrique)

John Wilkins (
Wed, 26 Jul 1995 13:34:20 +1000

In article <>, (R.S.Thomas) wrote:

: In article <>,
: Stephen Souter <> wrote:
: >The chief problem is that 13 happens to be a prime number. This makes it
: >mathematically impossible to subdivide a year in any satisfactory fashion.
: >You cannot even divide such a year into the customary four seasons and
: >hope to come out with the same number of whole months in each season.
: Easy, you make autumn, winter and spring four months and summer
: five. With more good weather, everyone will be happy. Except
: those in the Southern hemisphere of course since our summer is
: their winter.

Which reminds me of the objections back in the 60s about daylight saving,
that the extra hours of sunlight were fading the curtains...

John "Chris" Wilkins, Assoc. Prof. of Recent Runes, Uni of Ediacara
(Also: Head of Communication Services, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute)
What the Gospels actually said was: don't kill anyone until you are absolutely sure they aren't well connected - Vonnegurt, Slaughterhouse 5