Tuesday, March 25, 2008
My first thought was to take the earliest possible date for Easter (21 March) and the latest possible date (24 April) and simply divide the time between into three sections: early, on time and late. That gives eleven days, from 2 April to 12 April inclusive, where Easter would be declared to be on time. The problem is, some dates for Easter are more likely than others and there's not an even distribution. For example, the most common date for Easter is 19 April which falls outside my "on time" slot - that may be OK, but it feels wrong.
What I need therefore is someone with the time and the mathematical inclination to analyse all the possible dates and come up with an 11 day slot which will result in the number of years where Easter is late being roughly the same as the number of times it is early. Since the pattern of dates repeats after 5,700,000 years, it shouldn't be too hard to work out. :-) Anyone up for the challenge?
Once a time slot has been chosen, we can start a Campaign for On Time Easters (COTE).
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