A reminder of this pretty neat trick.
By - TheSpangler
I wish we had 13 months with 28 days each.
Every month has 4 weeks. It would be so easy
Me too. Problem being that you'd have 364 days so one month would have an extra day. Other problem being that 13 months isn't easily divisible into "half a year" or "quarter of a year", and a lot of business is run on those concepts.
Just make New Year’s Day it’s own standing day.
No, business is run on those concepts BECAUSE OF the way our calenda is designed. If there are 13 months in the first place, humanity would just simply dedicate the last month for very light work and mainly having fun at the end of the year.
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*30 days hath September; April, June, and November.*
*All the rest of 31, except February (alone) which has only 28 days clear (and 29 in each leap year).*
Learned that in kindergarten IIRC ^
I prefer it this way...
30 days have September; April, June, and November.
All the rest have 31, but February has 28 and on a leap year just add one.
Second part I learned was "..all the rest have 31, except the second one alone." Nice, short, and leap years are easy to remember
Or additional work cause fun is a fairytale
But what if it's actually 12 months of relentless toil and one month of regular work?
thats it, you get one additional special month of working in the coal mine!
Hey we gotta keep our hopes high when we're working so low
What I'm getting at is more that we like being able to easily divide time into nice simple chunks for comparison and evaluation. 12 months dividing into 3 month quarters is nice and easy to work with compared to 13 months dividing into 3.25.
To be fair, we didn't have much problem figuring out what to do with 7 days in a week
How old are you?
A teacher without student loan. How are you?
I mean, isnt it easy to become a teacher without loans?
Please don’t give me hope like that. Not today.
You give the extra day to february, and now it’s going to be the most happiest month in the history.
But we would have a middle month, the 7th
Time already blends together enough from day to day let there be a *little* variety
Amen. The leap years seem unnecessary but they are somewhat novel
I’m not a fan of the back to back 31s in July and August.
December and January are back to back 31s on the other side of the calendar... I dig the symmetry!
Ah fuck. Another ton of bricks crashing into my reality. I never even thought of or realized that.
Edit: that is good symmetry though
NO. Too complicated, plus we’d have to invent an entirely new month.
Make the work week 4 days long, plus a 2-day weekend, for a six-day week. This is something that we should demand anyway, as a leisure dividend from the success of capitalism.
Now that you’ve made the week one day shorter, you can have 12 months of 30 days each! Easy!
Each month now has exactly five weeks.
Every month starts on a Monday. No more trying to remember.
12 months of 30 days makes 360 days… we need 365…
So the other 5 days would be Special Holidays which exist on their own, and are not part of any month: New Year’s Day, Summer Solstice, Winter Solstice, Fall Equinox, and Spring Equinox.
We all get a shorter workweek, and the calendar completely unfucks itself. No weird knuckle-tricks required ever again.
I'm a fan of the 30 day per month calendar. I think it is scalable when humans are multi planetary and nicely divisible.
I would not change the week length. (Historically and religiously very opposed)
I would not use the proposed non-month days. (Causes accounting problems)
My proposal is similar to the Ethiopian Calendar and the Commercial Year from accounting. Where there are 12 months 30 days each, then a 13th month with 5-6 days on the end. I'd recommend calling it Yule or Intermission whatever floats your boat.
What day of the week would you get rid of? I vote for Wednesdays
Agreed! Wednesday should go. Always been taunting us with that fucked-up spelling
It would suck to have your birthday on Wednesday every year.
But there's a friday the 13th every month
And the leftover 365th day can be a big party or purge or something
and there are four Fridays in the 13th month!
There was a calendar concept I remember reading about that was similar to this. The odd day out was listed a celebratory day at the end of the year. Basically a non day.
Given that [there have been numerous proposals to change the calendar,](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calendar_reform#Specific_proposals) there might be more than one that does this.
I nominate that we call the 13th month "Smarch." That way all these misprinted calendars will finally make sense!
But then without the base-12 month calendar how would moms be able to quickly rattle off stupid shit like “oh yeah Camryn is 42 months next week”
\*Ophiuchus has joined the conversation:
But that might be *unlucky.*
And we can call the 13th month Gormanuary!
And the eight day "Osvaldo"
jajaja, hola amigo peronio.
so, every other month except dec-jan and jul-aug
Stupid Smarch weather.
Tell that to Caesar
He an Egyptian astronomers made our calendar, including leap years. Pope Gregor the whatever corrected it after ~1500 years of use (removing some leap years every 16-400 years) and adding a one-off of 10 more days. The orthodox didn’t agree and that’s why there is a 10 days difference between the calendars.
I double back on same hand.
One hand method is king. Hit the pinky knuckle twice and cruise on back.
This is how I learned it too!
Me (who use only one hand): Pathetic
OP those do not look like hands/knuckles and I was very confused until I saw this.
I was wondering how someone would count the ridges in their molars so precisely.
I kinda like guessing, it’s like a fun little game lol
I like shorter months because I feel like my next paycheck comes faster lol
During leap year, the dip of Feb month rises a bit....
I'll be 40 in October. I still use this method.
I’m near 60 and I’ve always used this. I’ve recently taught it to a coworker.
My go too method as well! And also 40, lol.
*looks down at my boxer fractures*
Your months go from 30 days to 12. :p
30 days has September, April, June and November......
That rhyme starts so strong but then really drops off in quality towards the end
Ahh.... I didn't have that problem until now. Thanks
What does this mean?
Daylight savings time
You Spring forward and Fall back
But it doesn't start out strong at all. You can easily substitute several months in the rhyme with others and the rhyme scheme would still work:
30 days has september, august, may and december
You're just as good off when you just memorize a list of the months with 30 days without the rhyme.
I usually just say the first line. It’s just common sense after that.
I can never remember what the actual months are that go in the rhyme. For example: 30 days has October, July, May and December... has the same syllable pattern but every month is wrong.
My phone remembers better than me... The thing EVERYONE carries with them.
“All the rest have 31 except for February all alone.” It’s approximate enough
This is the way.
This is so much simpler than counting the hills and valleys of your hands
It's literally eight words. It's something that taught like back in 1st grade.
Knuckle = 31 days.
In between knuckle = less than 31 days.
You're right though, this is hard to understand bro
But, if you can't remember how many days October has, you you to count your knuckles and between your knuckles until you get to October.
Whereas the other way., 30 days has September, April, June, and November. Is October any one of those? No. So October must have 31 days. You can do it in your head without having to count your knuckles.
Plus, the mnemonic accounts for how many days February has in both Leap and non-Leap years. The knuckles system does not.
Really could've used this about 25 years ago
I always sing “Thirty days hath September, April, June and November. All the rest have thirty-one, Excepting February alone, And that has twenty-eight days clear And twenty-nine in each leap year” in my head 😅
I had a nursery book with this rhyme in it so I always sing “thirty days hath September, April, June, & November; All the rest have 31… except February.” Because I could never remember the last part lol
A Russian coworker asked me "Why do Americans always know how many days there are in a month?"
To me, it's basic knowledge, and it's strange that someone could not know.
I learned it as a kid from my grandma in Ukraine. I think the Soviet Union hadn't collapsed yet, when she taught me this. I assume it was a common knowledge back then. Your friend just missed this lesson for some reason
I don't know why anyone would need the knuckle thing. It's easier to know that 30 days have September, April, June and November..
Ah yes, a memory device that requires remembering the thing you need help remembering in the first place.
If you can't remember a rhyming sentence of 7 words how can you be sure you are going remember whether the first knuckle is 31 or 30? It's a stupid method.
Because the high knuckles always have the higher number. The knuckles are always 31 days. The in between gaps, the low valleys, have the lower numbers
Literally nobody in my country ever needed to learn that stupid childish rhyme, because the knuckle method is much much simpler. Kids get taught it before they even know what "30" or "31" even means, and before they've even learned how to read.
The fact you're so confused by it when literally every 3 year old understands it instantly, is pretty hilarious
I've never been able to remember that rhyme in my life, and I'm 43 years old.
Knuckle trick works every time.
LPT: To remember something, just remember it.
Great tip, dude!
“I always schedule your appointments for March 31st”
My sister has a slight problem with her hand. Her knuckle of each ring finger is somehow inside her hand and not visible at all. Her days in a month were always messed up and this is how everybody found out
In that case she could use tips of fingers / valleys between fingers (and no thumbs I guess, as I just tried to do it myself).
Its kind funny the order the months come in have always been difficult for me. I have to stop and think about what month it's going be say 9 month from now.
And I really thought June was the 5th month but only for the first 25 years of my life.
Anyone else remember Vanna White doing this on the Wheel of Fortune? I was like 8 and still remember it
For some weird reason.
"Five seconds, Mr. Marsh.."
Still use this method
[There’s actually an even easier way](https://images.app.goo.gl/y6am5BHv78MDMhbFA)
Came here for this.
I'm so glad I found this. I was looking for 31 dead orangutans.
I feel like I need a guide to remember this guide
31 Days: Jo MaMa Just Ate Our Dog
Really is a shame you’ve got to have no fingers for it to work though
The right pinky indicates the 100th Soul Moon.
Today years old...
Weird just watched this on taskmaster
Thirty days half septober
April, June, and no wonder
All the rest have peanut butter
All except my dear grandmother
She had a little red tricycle
I have no idea what this could possibly mean
That's how I remember that February has more than 25 days, every year, at the very least
Pinky finger got forgotten like Pluto.
I thought they were gums for a very confused second.
My dad taught this to me years ago…seeing this makes me miss him and everything he taught me. He passed 7 years ago.
This is what I've always used
Ok but who carries 2 loaves of bread around
That explains why every baker I talk to always knows the current month so well, thanks
What’s the trick?
What other proof of God do you need? You even start with first month at first knuckle
Where are the other two months after December?
A cool and accurate guide on r/coolguides? How can this be?
*30 days hath September*
April, June, and November
*All the rest have 31*
Except for February which has 28 or 29 every four years due to some odd calendrical reason that is just how it is done.
30 days have September, april, June, and november; all the rest have 31, except for February alone. Song I learned growing up
Everyone seems to have learned that one! I was taught:
30 days hath September, April, June, and November.
When short February’s done, all the rest have 31.
30 days hath September, April, June, and November…
all the rest hath 31, except February alone 😌
I don’t get it can somebody plz explain? Thank you
To remember which months have 30 days and which have 31, make a fist. Months landing on the knuckle have 31 days, and ones in the dip between your knuckles have 30 (except February lol).
January starts on the first knuckle (31), then February is the first dip (28), March on the next knuckle (31), April on the next dip (30), and so on…
(Although instead of using two hands, I was taught to use one. I start January on my index knuckle and work my way to July on my pinky knuckle, then repeat the pinky knuckle for august and start making my way back towards my index knuckle. December ends on my middle finger’s knuckle).
You could just remember them.
My mom taught me a little catchy rhyme to help me remember, it goes:
30 days in September,
April, June, and November!
I don't bother with the knuckle thing. I just say, "30 days has September, April, June and November."
February is easy to remember, so I don't have to care. If it is not listed there, it's 31 days.
I find that easier.
Thank you magic calendar bread
I do it with my fingers and the spaces in between.
Those are knuckles, if anyone is wondering
Just open your calendar
Took way too long to realize these were hands lol
Why tf are there Months on teeth.
The ripples from my wife's breast implants work too.
Them wrinkly cheeks tho...
What are the other 2??!?
cant wait until lame-invention-guy makes a real foldable version of this, for on the go
I still look at years as starting in September and Christmas/New years is the intermission.
It would have been more helpful if thumbs or something were visible to give this more context
what is this? hands?
I learned this maybe 10 years ago and I still use it alllll the time. 10/10 would recommend
I just look at my phone’s calendar
There's a rhyme for this you know.
also works with the chromatic scale on a piano starting on F
At the moment, we all reside near the scar Nathanial Jones caught his straggle-tooth on my fist, because he talked about having sex with my mom.
Lol I know this by heart and this confuses me more
Now that I'm 40 I can finally find a way to remember this! Thanks!!!
My mom told me this and I wonder how she found out
I’m 41…and I just learned this today!
I use this
I will be staring at my hands in public often now…
So odd and even months lol
The coolest part about this guide is that it showed me that almost every second month has 31 days.
Yeahh.. Missing a hand.. Someone wanna help me out?
Proof that there should have been 2 more months in the year.
This was cool before cellphones were invented. It's like posting the multiplication tables and saying reminder about this neat trick.
why the fuck can't august be 30 days so we end with december as 30 and start with 31
This is f'n ridiculous
There should be 14 months in a year!
Holy shit. This is definitely the best cool guide I've seen.
As a child I was taught this mnemonic, but I still use it on a regular basis at 50+
[Here’s an awesome video explaining how we got this calendar set up worldwide. It’s basically because Julius Ceaser liked the Egyptians solar calendar as opposed to the Roman lunar calendar. Which needed a government official positions to fix the calendar every so often because the lunar calendar would drift. Where the solar calendar doesn’t. And February has fewer days because February is a superstitious month in Roman history.](https://youtu.be/fD-R35DSSZY)
Skip to the calendar part at 21:50
Why is the last knuckle empty?
This MIGHT be the only way I've ever found to actually remember this
Fun fact. You can do it with one hand only.
Not sure the amputation is worth it when you can just learn a rhyme or even look at a calendar!
Not sure the amputation is worth t at which hour thee can just learneth a rhyme 'r coequal behold at a calendar!
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30 days has September,
April, June and November
All the rest have 31
Except February because its a little fucking prick
Nah, the real trick is the song ;)
30 days has September, April, June and November. All the rest have 31 expect February cause fuck February
*Me looking at my fat hand which is literally round* hmmmmmmmmmmm
Am I the only one who just remembers this type of stuff?
"30 days has November, with April, June and September. 28 has only one, others has 31" i tried to translate a popular nursery rhyme in Italy :)
Onzember and Douzember at the end.
Between January and December, the only two months in a row with 31 days are July and August. Otherwise it's literally every second month that doesn't have 31 days.
I actually have dark patches of skin between my knuckles, any tips on how to remove them?
I don't get it. Isn't remembering the numbers easier than keeping this image handy?
They taught me this in primary school
seems like all the confusion stems from july and august diverting from the ABAB pattern
This was taught to us in school and till this date I use this when I get confused between july and august both having 31 days.
Nah I use the superior method:
*Thirty days hath September,*
*April, June, and November.*
*All the rest have thirty-one*
30 days has september
april, june and November
all the rest have 31
Except february alone, which has 28
Not a helpful rhyme at all but I got stuck in an easter egg room in Batman Arkham City where “Calendar Man” was locked up and mumbeling that rhyme to himself over and over again and I memorized it
I always remember this with the classic rhyme:
“30 days in September; April, June and November. All the rest have 31 except February which is fucked”
That's cool. All knuckles are odd numbers.
The one I want to learn is where people can count on their fingers by folding one finger down and that give you the total? No idea lol. I use my head as its confusing.
30 days hath September, all the rest I don't remember
If only somebody had invented the calender.
I still do this because I can never remember which month has 31 or 30 days.
I as a 16 Yr old this use this and have grown so accustomed to this that I can't tell the number of days without using this.
You can do this with one hand.
Count from the index finger knuckle down to the pinky knuckle, then go from the pinky knuckle and back.
The July and August bump to 31 days makes me feel like they actually used this knuckle method when thinking about the number of days in each month