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Netlore Archive: Internet chain letter claims that July 2011 will have 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays, a configuration that allegedly only occurs once every 823 years.

Calendar for July 2011

Description: Viral text / Forwarded email
Circulating since: 2011 (this version)
Status: Mixed (see below)

Example #1:
As posted on Facebook, June 1, 2011:

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. They say that those who read and do not copy will be without money. So let's all try our luck at this and see what happens.

Example #2:
Email contributed by Rita B., May 12, 2011:


Calendar for July 2011 (United States)

Money bags

This year, July 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 (aka, internet bullying). The one who does not forward..... will be without money....:)

Kinda interesting - read on!!!

This year we're going to experience four unusual dates.

1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, 11/11/11 and that's not all...

Take the last two digits of the year in which you were born - now add the age you will be this year,

The results will be 111 for everyone in whole world.

Analysis: It's true that the month of July 2011 had five Fridays, five Saturdays, and five Sundays, but as I've pointed out before this was not at all a rare occurrence, much less one that only happens once every 823 years.

Any 31-day month that begins on a Friday will have five Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The last time this happened was October 2010; the next time (after July 2011) will be March 2013. It won't happen again in the month of July until 2016 — but even that's only five years away.

Nor is it worth anyone's while to copy and forward chain letters promising money, good luck, or other nebulous rewards for simply passing them along. None of this gobbledygook bears any real resemblance to feng shui, or any other form of Chinese mysticism. Forwarding woo-woo messages doesn't confer magical powers on the forwarder.

The year 2011 did feature the unique (for this century) calendar dates 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, and 11/11/11, but again, there's no mystical significance to this except in the imagination of the beholder.

Lastly, it's true that for anyone born in the last century (1900-1999), adding the two-digit year they were born (for example, '82) to the age they'll attain on their 2011 birthday (in this case, 29) will always yield the sum 111 (82 + 29 = 111). But again, there's nothing magical or mystical about this. It's always the case that when you add the year you were born to the age you turn in the current year, the sum will equal the current year: 1982 + 29 = 2011. That's simple math. When you render the birth year of someone born between 1900 and 1999 in two digits you're basically just subtracting 1900 from each side of the equation, so it becomes: 82 + 29 = 111.

Not as remarkable as it may seem at first glance.

See also: Why Friday the 13th is Unlucky

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