(CNN) – Imagine if you knew what your schedule would look like for the rest of your life, every day for forever. If every year began on a Monday, and all but two national holidays fell on Mondays, too. If instead of Leap Day, you’d get an extra week every few years.
Like the sound of it all? Then you’d like the Hanke-Henry Permanent Calendar.
Leap Day — February 29, a date that occurs every four years — revives interest in the Hanke-Henry Permanent Calendar because under it, that date wouldn’t exist.
The brainchild of Johns Hopkins University professors Steve Hanke and Richard Henry, the catchy calendar is an alternative to the mercurial Gregorian calendar. And unlike the old standard, it’s designed to stay the same.
“It’s simplicity and consistency forever,” Hanke, a professor of applied economics, told CNN. “This calendar, once in place, will never have to be changed.”
Theirs is a permanent calendar, so dates will no longer “fall” on certain days of the week — they’ll be fixed in place. January 1 will always be on a Monday. Your birthday will fall on the same day of the week every year, forever, Hanke said.
The HHPC (its working title) is 364 days long, divided into four three-month quarters. Each month will begin and end on the same day every year. The first two months of each quarter are 30 days long. The third has 31 days.
In all, that’s 364 days distributed across 52 seven-day weeks, he said.
And to account for calendrical drift, when the length of the year doesn’t line up with the astronomical calendar (365.24 days, just about), its creators have added an extra week at the end of December every five or six years.
That extra week is its own thing, though, so don’t worry — there’s no December 32nd, he said