So this email arrived:
Sub: Good Luck Aug
I am sending this because I could use a little silver in my pockets. Lots of luck to you, too!
This is the only time you will see this phenomenon in your life!!
August, this year, 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 money will surprise you. Based on Chinese Feng Shui. Whoever does not transmit the message … MAY find themselves poor.
Really? I mean REALLY? Who does not know that we use the Gregorian calendar? Our calendar totally repeats itself. Using simple math:
1. There are 7 different days of the week the year can start on and
2. Leap year occurs every 4 years.
The calendar repeats after 28 years (4 x 7)
However, within that cycle, some years repeat after 6 or 11 years (don’t ever forget our crazy leap year). AND, this does not take into account that the pattern is disrupted when the year ends in 00 and is not divisible by 400. (Not even going into the math on this one.)
To make a long-winded tale short, I knew I needed to look back either 6 or 11 years to find a matching pattern to this August. And what did I find?
There is great information here
on the worldwide adoption of the Gregorian calendar. For anyone into genealogy its a great source. It’s interesting to think that it’s only been since the last century that Gregorian calendar has been adopted world-wide.
Sorry folks, if you did pass on that email and believed its messages it’s a bunch of hooey. Another Urban Legend bites the dust. And, for kicks I just googled: Silver Pockets Full. Laughing as I see tons of hits. How many different ways can you say “Gotcha sucker!”?
Did any of you get the Silver Pockets Full email? Do you hate these chain letters as much as I do? They prey on gullible people.