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5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays

By July 1, 2011

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This year July has 5 Fridays 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens once every 823 years. This is called money bags. So copy this to your status and money will arrive within 4 days. Based on Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui. Those who read and do not copy will be without money. So let's all try our luck at this and see what happens.

Not to put too fine a point on it, baloney.

See also: Oct. 2011 version of "money bags."


June 3, 2011 at 9:52 am
(1) Hrabble says:

Now wait just a minute! I could really use the money. How do you -know- it won’t work?

June 4, 2011 at 5:13 am
(2) .x.lene.x. says:

It happens every 823 years? LOLOLOL March 2013 also has 5days each on a friday, saturday, sunday!!!! Why do people come up with this bulls**t???

June 27, 2011 at 11:26 am
(3) ricedude says:

the comment says july only… duh!

June 27, 2011 at 11:36 am
(4) David Emery says:

July 2016 will have 5 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. That’s 5 years from now, not 823.

July 1, 2011 at 10:31 pm
(5) jordanjcm says:

It happened in JULY in 1983,1988,1994,2005.


July 6, 2011 at 9:54 am
(6) Gio says:

its so duh that not even in 823 years that argument would be true… it would be in 824 years the year july would have 5 fridays, 5 saturdays and 5 sundays… people invent so much bs nowadays…

July 2, 2011 at 3:04 pm
(7) mike says:

lies i checked and friday has 4

July 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm
(8) that guy says:

mike u r a dumbass there is 5 fridays learn how to count

September 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm
(9) Olivia says:

Mike is correct, there are only 4 Fridays in October 2011: October 7, 14, 21, 28

September 16, 2011 at 11:28 pm
(10) Rick says:

Yes but how often does it happen in Oct?

September 29, 2011 at 3:23 am
(11) Joey Sauer says:

It happens in 2021 in October. Who believes this s—?

October 3, 2011 at 9:07 am
(12) unnamed says:

who the hell came up with 823 days then?!?!

October 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm
(13) Edy says:

in Oct 2012 has 5 mondays,5 tuesday,5 wednesday.what is special with all of that’s??haynako…

June 7, 2011 at 12:49 am
(14) Vegas Dave says:

BTW, it will also happen again in July, 2016.

June 7, 2011 at 10:15 am
(15) Edward C. says:

Of course, some wiseguy may reply to the debunking with “this only applies to July”. In which case you respond: The 2011 calendar is identical to those for 1994, 2005, and 2022 — the ENTIRE YEAR, not just July. (1988 and 2016 also have identical July calendars to this year, but obviously since those are leap years, January and February are different.)

October 4, 2011 at 9:15 pm
(16) Howey Toorganize says:

Good catch! I remember some older people saving their calendars from long ago and putting it up when it corresponded to the current year. Interesting to see years from long ago the same as now (many times).

June 9, 2011 at 9:44 pm
(17) Bryant says:

When I read that, i knew that Feng Shui must be Chinese
for BULL-S – - T

July 1, 2011 at 4:38 pm
(18) Brian O'Leary says:

Once every 823 years? What utter nonsense! For any month containing 31 days it happens when the the 1st of the month falls on Friday. How often does this happen? On average, about once a year.

There are 7 months that have 31 days: January, March, May, July, August, October and December. For each of those 7 months it happens about 4 times every 28 years. 7 months x 4 occurences for each = 28 occurrences every 28 years, or about 1 occurrence per year.

For example, in the 28 years prececeding 2011, July 1 fell on a Friday in 1983, 1988, 1994 and 2005. In the same 28 years the first of the month for each of the other 6 months fell on Friday 4 times as well.

Notice that I said “about” 4 times every 28 years rather than “exactly” 4 times. This is because the 28 year minor cycle of the Gregorian Calendar is disrupted by century years (the ones ending in 00) that are not leap years. This throws the averages off very slightly. To get the averages precisely, one needs to look at the full 400 year cycle of the Calendar.

July 3, 2011 at 5:20 am
(19) D P ISSAR says:

The news item seems to have some parameters missing because every 5-6 years yhe month of July has five Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. It happens whenever July 1 is Friday.

Next such coiguration shall occur in July, 2016 and thereafter in July, 2022.

Such phenon occurs in case of all the 7 months of 31 days duration and three consecutive days shall occur three times in the month.

In four months of 30 days duration it occurs for two consecutive days.

Feb of leap year has on day of the week repeat five times.

Thus it would be advisable to elaborate the news item and 823 years concept

July 4, 2011 at 2:04 pm
(20) Walter says:

Over the next 100 years, this occurrence will repeat itself (in *July*) fifteen times.

Here are the years:

2011, 2016, 2022, 2033, 2039, 2044, 2050, 2061, 2067, 2072, 2078, 2089, 2095, 2101 and 2107

July 5, 2011 at 12:33 pm
(21) Carol Olmstead says:

It’s not Feng Shui, it’s not even all that unusual, and you don’t have to forward it to protect your wealth. It’s an e-mail hoax, if for no other reason than the ancient Feng Shui masters never used chain letters to bring luck. Read more at http://fengshuiforreallifeblog.com.

July 6, 2011 at 7:06 am
(22) Barbie says:

You people have to chill, it’s just a chain letter. Why do we have to argue about everything? Btw, i love lemons. :)

October 2, 2011 at 3:36 pm
(23) lala says:

your awesome…lol they r stupid true or not we all read it, it is what it is

July 6, 2011 at 7:08 am
(24) Barbie says:

You guys have to relax. Why do we have to argue about everything? It’s just a chain letter. Btw, i love lemons. :)

July 6, 2011 at 8:46 am
(25) its a company name says:

haha guys.. Money Bags – The term given to such a phenomenon, is a company name, and when people Google search it, guess what comes up? The company… Some weird promotion in the act of making a rumor with the hope of it spreading through social networking.. which it did…

July 7, 2011 at 8:32 am
(26) Kerrie says:

I sent it on to one other person after a friend sent it to me. I thought they would be entertained. The next day I went to a dollar store and when I got out of my car, I found 11cents on the ground, a dime and a penny-laughed so hard! That was my fortune-ha!

July 7, 2011 at 8:50 am
(27) Julian Tebye says:

January 1st MUST be on a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wedmesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. That leaves seven possible different calendars. Add to this that all seven of those years may possibly be a Leap Year–and you are left with 14–and ONLY 14-possible different calendars.
If every month had only 28 days–you would have 4 weeks of 7 days each. But, as one of you pointed out, every year has 7 months of 31 days–which meana the there MUST be three extra days–or three weeks having 5 of the same days.
It is not weird and unusual. If you want it to be otherwise, devise a new calendar.

July 17, 2011 at 7:39 am
(28) t-dog says:

Well I’m on a bi-weekly pay schedule, so two months of every year, there are three paychecks in a month instead of two. July is one of those months. Money Bags indeed.

July 18, 2011 at 8:11 pm
(29) Babu says:

In the year 2010 Jan & Oct 2 months are the same 5 Fridays

5 Saturdays ,5 Sundays,

July 19, 2011 at 7:42 am
(30) Krimali says:

http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/?year=2005&country=35 It happened in 2005. See calendar of 2005 it has 5 fridays, saturdays & sundays.

August 12, 2011 at 4:23 am
(31) Jules says:

I can’t believe anyone has taken so much time to work out how many Fridays are in which month and in which year ….

Have you nothing better to do?


September 27, 2011 at 6:08 pm
(32) Amanda Gril says:

When it is a superstition I guess they take the time to figure out this stuff.

August 18, 2011 at 5:37 am
(33) sokubag says:

once every 823 years,really? It’s very interesting.

September 29, 2011 at 8:35 am
(34) elleymae says:

it only says copy – what do you do with it after that?

September 30, 2011 at 12:14 am
(35) Chellle says:

This is wrong..Its Sat Sun and Mon.. Damn!! Get your infor right please

October 4, 2011 at 12:23 am
(36) pratik says:

it feels so gud to see u idiots fightin ova such nonsense

March 31, 2012 at 10:11 pm
(37) Bdog says:

Hey knucklehead, for there to be 5 fri, sat and sun in July, there only has to be one thing: a Fri, July 1st. That happens (on average) every 7 years. And what the heck does it have to do with money. Get a real job and stop worshipping money!

April 5, 2012 at 2:09 am
(38) PCutie says:

Who cares. The world is gonna end in December anyway. lol

April 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm
(39) Chris P says:

Has anyone even paid attention to the fact July 2012 actually starts on a Sunday and DOES NOT have 5 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The next occurance is actually in March 2013, then August 2014, March 2015, January 2016, and so n.

April 29, 2012 at 2:21 pm
(40) harry says:

July 2012 has only 4 fridays and 4 saturdays. lol.

May 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm
(41) Carol Mandryk says:

I think the months where people say there are only 4 Fridays it could be just an illusion rather than truth. Sometimes it just looks that way because more people are on vacation or just staying indoors.

June 10, 2013 at 9:30 pm
(42) Senor Logic says:

823 yrs based on the Chinese CALENDAR, not your western or Gregorian calendar.

November 21, 2013 at 12:55 pm
(43) Mark says:

Actually, I believe that it is 6 Fridays, 6 Saturdays, 6 Sundays in a single month which only occurs every 823 years.

December 15, 2013 at 10:11 am
(44) Edward C. says:

Señor Logic – The Chinese calendar is a completely different calendar, and does not have the Western days of the week.

January 9, 2014 at 11:52 am
(45) Dee says:

In 2014 both May and August have 5 Fridays and 5 Saturdays.

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