One for the ages

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS -

IT’S SIM­PLE maths and not a once-ina-1000-year phe­nom­e­non.

A Face­book post do­ing the rounds claims this only hap­pens once ev­ery 1000 years:

Add your age plus the year you were born and you will get 2018.

Even the Chan­nel 10 weath­er­man fell for it last week and caught out many view­ers.

Well, it ac­tu­ally hap­pens on De­cem­ber 31 ev­ery year.

It also works for any­body on any day of the year after their birth­day.

By def­i­ni­tion, if you add the num­ber of years you’ve lived to the year you were born, you will al­ways get the cur­rent year.

The main les­son from this is how eas­ily things cir­cu­late on Face­book and how fake news can spread like a wild­fire.

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