5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays in a Month

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5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays

calendar and pen
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Description: Viral text / Forwarded email

Circulating since: 2011 (this version)

Status: Mostly false (see below)

Example #1

As shared on Facebook, May 11, 2014:

This is the only time you see this phenomenon in your life.

August, 2014, will have 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens only once every 823 years. The Chinese call it 'Silver Pockets full. "

So: send this message to your friends and in four days the money will surprise you. Based on Chinese Feng Shui. Whoever does not transmit the message .... may find themselves clueless .... This is not fun at all ....

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 was true, as in one of the examples above, that the month of August 2014 boasted five Fridays, five Saturdays, and five Sundays, but, as pointed out before and since, this is not a rare phenomenon, much less one that only happens once every 823 years. 

Any 31-day month that begins on a Friday will have five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays. (Or, if said 31-day month begins on a Saturday, it will have five Saturdays, five Sundays and five Mondays, and so on.)

The last time (as of August 2014) this particular configuration occurred was in March 2013. The next occurrence (after August 2014) was in May 2015. The next occurrence of 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays in the month of August, specifically, will be in 2025. That's way less than 823 years from now.

The Dumbness of Chain Letters

For future reference, there is nothing to be gained by copying and forwarding any chain letter promising vast sums of money, good luck or other nebulous rewards for simply sharing it. None of the gobbledygook in the examples above 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 sharer, no matter how many times said messages get copied and pasted and copied and pasted.

Mystical Math

Coincidentally, 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 in this except in the imagination of the beholder.

And 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 there's nothing magical or mystical about this, either. It is 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.