Circulating message claims that June 2012 will feature 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays, a configuration that occurs only once every 823 years.
The claims in the message are utter nonsense. Firstly, the calendar included in the message is not for June 2012, or any other June. The month of June has 30 days, not 31. And secondly, any month that has 31 days will have three consecutive days that occur five times in the month. Such combinations are commonplace and occur each and every year, certainly not just once in 823 years as claimed.
Subject: Fwd: FW: Calendar for June 2012
THIS IS THE ONLY TIME WE WILL SEE AND LIVE THIS EVENT
This year, June has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens once every 823 years. This is called money bags. So, forward this to your friends and money will arrive within 4 days. Based on Chinese Feng Shui. The one who does not forward…..will be without money.
According to this message, which circulates via email and social media posts, June 2012 will feature 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays, a combination of days that occur only once every 823 years. The message claims that recipients who pass on the information to others will receive money in four days, “based on Chinese Feng Shui”.
However, the claims in the message are complete hogwash. As such silly hoax messages go, this one is doubly flawed.
Firstly, the supposed June 2012 calendar is not actually for June at all. June 2012 – as with June every year – has 30 days, not 31 as shown in the message. And, as the following screenshot reveals, June 2012 does not have 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays:
Clearly, the message includes the calendar for another month.
Secondly, there is nothing even remotely unusual about months that have such “interesting” combinations of days. In fact, any month that has 31 days will have three consecutive days that occur five times in the month. Such combinations are commonplace and occur, not once in 823 years, but each and every year.
While June – in any year – will never have 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays, such a combination will actually occur in the month of March 2013:
And, as mentioned above, July 2011 also had such a combination of days. As have – and will – many other months.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!