09/18/11 - Article No: 1379

July/October has 5 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays - Internet/Facebook Rumour

Filed under: General | Internet/Facebook Rumour

Other Keywords: Money Bags, Chinese Feng Shui

Examples


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 the one who does not forward ..... will be without money. I`m not taking any chances!
collected September 2011


Sorry everyone, but this year October has 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays and 5 Mondays.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 Feng Shui. The one who does not copy, will be without money. I can not let that person be me.
collected March 2012


INTERESTING FACT ABOUT AUGUST 2010
Did you know that
It has 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays & 5 Tuesdays?
All in the 1 month
It happens only once in 823 years
collected November 2011



THIS IS THE ONLY TIME WE WILL SEE AND LIVE THIS EVENT IN OUR LIFETIME Calendar for July 2012 . This year, July has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens once every 823 years. Based on Chinese Feng Shui, this is called money bags. If you share this info, they say money will arrive within 4 days. The one who does not share.....will be without money. Well, Im not taking any chances :))
collected April 2012


collected August 2014

These persistent messages claim that a given month consists of 5 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and this phenomenon only occurs once every 823 years.

Many variants of these messages also assert that this "marvel" is referred to as money bags. Many email and Facebook variants also insist passing on the message will invoke good luck, because of Chinese Feng Shui. Other variants alter the days in question, as well as the month of the year.

The message is pure nonsense. It is true that many of the months given in the messages do consist of 5 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays - however the assertion that this only occurs every 823 years is clearly and demonstrably untrue.

This phenomenon occurs much, much more often than every 823 years. One popular variant uses July 2011 as an example, which did indeed consist of 5 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. This happened because the 1st of July was a Friday and July has 31 days, so basic logic dictates that this month will consist of 5 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

In fact this means that any month that begins with a Friday and has 31 days will consist of 5 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Obviously this does not occur only once every 823 years.

In fact any person with a calendar to hand can determine the next month from the time of writing (April 2012) to have 5 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays is March 2013. Then August 2014. Then May 2015. Then January 2016, and then July 2016. You can see this occurs once or twice every year.

Of course the assertion months like this are called “money bags” is total nonsense as is the silly notion passing this message on will being good luck or financial success.

UPDATE April 2012 Note the July 2012 variant of this message uses an image displaying the dates for July 2011.

UPDATE September 2012 The message is viral again using October as the month, however October this year does not even have 5 fridays, saturdays and sundays making the message even more inaccurate.

UPDATE: October 2012 The message quoting October 2012 has now had the days changed to Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. October does have those days appearing 5 times, but the next time that happens is in July 2013, not in 823 years!

UPDATE: August 2014 Another variant showing an image with August 2014 is spreading, along with the same nonsense claims.




The Internet, and social networking sites like Facebook, are perfect platforms for spreading untruths, misinformation, rumor and propaganda. Thousands of inaccurate, exaggerated, deceptive or just plain false messages are circulated every single day.

For the anti-scam community to successfully tackle this plethora of false rumours, it is important that anyone who uses the Internet be able to identify false rumours and fully understands the possible consequences of spreading false information.

We have a two part blog post that helps provide this information. Part 1 deals with how to spot and debunk Internet rumours and Part 2 deals with the reasons why you should never circulate false information.

Additionally if you have fallen for this rumour or have Facebook friends that have, you can join our growing Facebook page here.

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