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Once Every 823 Years — Or Not …

From the Facebook wall of former SR colleague Jim Hagengruber: "Possibly the best news I've heard all year: July 2011 will have 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays. This happens once every 823 years. Is there anything better than a July weekend? Thanks to Bart Mihailovich for posting that fine tidbit."

I've been Snoped: "It is perfectly true that July 2011 has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. However, such a combination occurs far more often than every 823 years. The last occurrence was in July 2005 while the next occurrence will take place in July 2016. The message is just a revamped version of very similar- and equally erroneous - messages about August and October 2010. H/T: Keith Erickson for providing Snope.com report.

Question: Can there be too many weekends in a North Idaho summer?



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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