Tuesday, September 21, 2010

At Nightly News, Every Month Has 31 Days

On Monday's Nightly News lead story about the economy, a series of six calendar pages flipped by on the screen to illustrate that the recession technically lasted from December, 2007 through June, 2009. But there were a few problems. The June, 2009 and April, 2008 calendar pages showed 31 days instead of 30. And four of the six months shown began on the wrong day. In fact, all six calendar pages were identical. Each page started on a Tuesday and contained 31 days--regardless of how many days the pictured month should have actually contained or on what day the month was actually supposed to begin. But here's the big surprise--one of the calendar pages was actually correct! January, 2008 really did begin on a Tuesday and it really did contain 31 days. Like the saying goes: Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

Note to the Nightly News producers: Thirty days has September, April, June and November. If only this they could remember....

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