Meme circulating via social media claims that October 2016 will have 5 Mondays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays, an event that only occurs once every 823 years.
It is perfectly true that October 2016 has 5 Mondays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays. However, such a combination is not at all remarkable and occurs far more often than once every 823 years. The last occurrence was in October 2011 while the next occurrence will take place in October 2022. In reality, 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. This meme is just an updated version of several earlier – and equally nonsensical – chain messages.
This meme, which is currently circulating via Facebook and other social media outlets, points out that October 2016 will have 5 Mondays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays. According to the message, such a combination of days for October occurs only once every 823 years. It asks you to share the information, presumably so that others will become aware of the supposedly remarkable calendar event.
As a quick glance at a calendar will confirm, it is perfectly true that October 2016 will include 5 Mondays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays. However, this occurrence is not the slightest bit rare or unusual and takes place in October every few years. The claim that such a combination only takes place every 823 years is pure nonsense. The last time such a combination occurred was in October 2011:
And, it will next occur in October 2022:
Furthermore, October in every single year will have three consecutive days that occur five times. In fact, any month that has 31 days will have three consecutive days that occur five times in the month. Such combinations are perfectly normal, perfectly predictable, and occur each and every year.
This message is just a revamped version of several earlier, and equally spurious, messages that featured other months and other years.
Calendarwerks – October 2022
Calendarwerks – October 2011
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.
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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!