Friday, 30 September 2016

Unusual October

30th September 2016

Tomorrow we start the tenth month of the year and it means only 92 days is left to New Year 2017. October 2016 includes 5 Mondays, Saturdays, and Sundays is it unusual according the social media like Facebook. It is not true anymore. Read below..
My autumn decorations..

5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays in a month – happens only every 823 years? This popular urban myth has been circulating on the internet for a while. However, it is precisely that: a myth.
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The 823-Year Myth.
Before you get too excited about this once-in-a-lifetime event and start telling your family and friends, know this: any such claims are false. Special combinations of days like 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays occur much more often than every 823 years!

The 823 Years Myth

If you own an email, Twitter, Facebook or any other social media account, chances are that you have come across an email or a post that claims that an upcoming month has a very rare specific combination of days. A recent version goes something like this:
July 2016 will have 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays. This happens only once every 823 years. The Chinese call it silver pockets full.
The email is right in that January 2016 had 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays. But this is nothing special or unusual. You will not have to wait another 823 years for the next time this happens in the month of January. Only 6 years later, in 2021, January will also have 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays.

Nearly Every Year

In fact, a calendar month that contains 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays occurs nearly every year. In 2017 December will have 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays.
In fact, the calendar 823 years in the future is not even the same as the calendar of the month in the many versions of the hoax! For instance, August 2014 had 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays. 823 years later, August 2837 has 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays and 5 Mondays.

Not So Special

The combinations of days that these messages or emails refer to are also not very special. This is because the first 3 weekdays of any 31-day month are repeated 5 times within that month. So, any month that has 31 days and begins on a Friday will have 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays. Similarly, any 31-day month that begins on a Tuesday, will have 5 Tuesdays, 5 Wednesdays and 5 Thursdays.
Take a look at our calendars and take it to the test!

Recurring monthly calendars

Here's a more mathematical reasoning as to why the 823 year claim is a myth:
Every year has 7 months with 31 days. Each of these months have at least 3 weekdays that happen 5 times during the month. For example, August 2014 has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. October 2014 has 5 Wednesdays, 5 Thursdays and 5 Fridays.
There are 7 different days a month can start on. So on average, the combination of any 3 days occuring 5 times in a calendar month will happen once a year.
In any given year, there are only 6 such combinations of days. This is because 2 months with 31 days start on the same weekday. In a common or regular year, January and October have the same calendar, while in a leap year, January and July look the same. ( Viki)

 A clock made from flowers... Today 2p.m 30th September in Bytom

Have a sunny weekend..


  1. Our weekend looks like being wet. I hope yours is sunny. Love the flower clock.

  2. I had not read of this before so thanks for your explanation - very interesting!

  3. I wonder how this falsehood began?

    1. Andrew I would like to know it too. Probably it was the first oral tradition in the past

  4. I recognize the pumpkin but not the brown things next to it. Fruit or nut? Nice to know we will enjoy an extra weekend this month.

    1. Cynthia they are conkers or horse chestnuts

  5. We had a hot, sunny day. Have a happy day!

    1. yes because you are located in the different climate zone