Perhaps you’ve seen the little ditty on Facebook, Twitter, email or other blogs, proclaiming that this October has five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays – and the fact that this oddity occurs only every 823 years. Personally, I’d heard nothing about it until my daughter mentioned it. She saw it on Facebook and proceeded to tell me that if it’s on Facebook, it must be true.
Really? Actually, really NOT! In fact, it wouldn’t take much doing to realize that the only thing you need for this to happen is for the Friday to fall on the first of any month with 31 days. And let’s face it – that’s not such an oddity. In fact, check the month of January in the year … 2010!
Moreover, looking forward to next July (wait for it…) it happens again!
So this led me to wondering just how gullible we’ve become. Oh, sure. I’ve known that many people have been easily persuaded to believe outright lies in the political arena and others, but come on, people – this is pretty pathetic. Because after my daughter told me this, I saw it posted on at least four other Facebook statuses from people I would otherwise believe to be quite intelligent.
Which is when I feel it necessary to stress the importance of doing your own homework. Seriously, if you hadn’t already figured it out for yourself, how hard would it have been? Unfortunately, it’s way too easy to be of the mindset that if so-and-so said it, it must be true. Or to simply say to ourselves, “well, that’s a pretty cool factoid.” Clearly, at least in this case, it is not.
Of course it’s a different story if you’re talking about date palindromes, like 10-10-10 (which just happened to be yesterday). We all know that’s a once-every-hundred-year occurrence… isn’t it?!?
Ah, now you’re thinking, aren’t you?