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'Interesting Fact' About August 2010 - 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays, 5 Tuesdays

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Message claims that August 2010 has 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays and 5 Tuesdays and that this combination of days only occurs once in 823 years.



Brief Analysis
It is true that August 2010 has 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays and 5 Tuesdays. However, such a combination occurs far more often than every 823 years. The last occurrence was in August 2004 while the next occurrence will take place in August 2021.

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Last updated: 23rd August 2010
First published: 23rd August 2010
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


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Subject: August 2010........................

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




Detailed Analysis
This message, which has been circulating via social networking websites, text messages and email, claims that August 2010 is "interesting" because it has 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays and 5 Tuesdays. The message further claims that this particular combination of days in August only happens once in every 823 years.

It is certainly true that August 2010 has 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays and 5 Tuesdays, However, it is not true that such a combination only happens every 823 years. In fact, such combinations occur every few years. As the following calendar shows, the next year that has an August with 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays and 5 Tuesdays will be 2021, just eleven years hence, not 823 years in the future.

August 2021:
August 2021

August 2027 and August 2032 will also have 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays and 5 Tuesdays. And, back in 2004, August again had 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays and 5 Tuesdays.

August 2004:
August 2004

Moreover, a little research shows that any month that has 31 days has three consecutive days that occur five times in the month. Thus, such combinations are commonplace and occur each and every year.

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Last updated: 23rd August 2010
First published: 23rd August 2010
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer