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

John Winters (
Wed, 16 Aug 1995 20:42:45 GMT

In article <>,
Doug Weller <> wrote:
>In article <Pine.SOL.3.91.950814112401.3551E-100000@cms1>,
> (Anthony Potts) wrote:
>> On Fri, 11 Aug 1995, Helge Moulding wrote:
>> > Why, where in the world are you from that a week starts with a Sunday?
>> > Only the most clueless start the week on any day other than Monday.
>> > Which means the thirteenth of each month is never Friday.
>> > --
>> > Helge Moulding
>> >
>> I am in England, here the week is taken as starting on a Sunday. When
>> them chaps went westwards to the new world, they also used this idea. Are
>This is getting silly. I am in England, here the week starts on
>Monday -- at least according to the calendars I have and the way people
>talk. (Any chance this is a religious thing and the devout Christians
>among us see Sunday as the first day for religious reasons?)
>And then of course, there's the 'weekend' -- Sat and Sun.

In C (and Unix) and on all the calendars I have to hand, it starts
on a Sunday. The only exception seems to be the week numbering
scheme, which apparently starts the week on a Monday. Yes, of course
the derivation of this is religious ("and on the 7th day he rested"
and all that), but it's one of those things that has become so
ingrained that it carries over into every day life, even for
those of us who aren't particularly religious.


John Winters. Wallingford, Oxon, England.