# Life Hack: How to Become a Walking Calendar?

### Making Mathematics Great Again

Can you tell the day for any date without a calendar at hand? Is that really possible?

It is actually a simple skill that any one can learn. It is also very practical as you may always consider your availability for an activity or an event or you just need to know the day of anyone’s birthday. All you need is a little bit of practice, then you can quickly and easily tell the day of the week of practically any date in history or in the future.

### Here’s the Secret

You may need to memorize some codes to learn this trick, but they are very easy to remember.

First, we assign a code number to every day of the week.

• Monday – 1
• Tuesday – 2
• Wednesday – 3
• Thursday – 4
• Friday – 5
• Saturday – 6
• Sunday – 7 or 0

Second, we assign a code number for every month of the year. These month codes are used for every year with two exceptions. In a leap year, the month code for January is 5 and for February is 1. The month codes with the corresponding mnemonics are as follows:

• January – 6 (WINTER has 6 letters)
• February – 2 (2nd month)
• March – 2 (You march with 2 feet)
• April – 5 (APRIL has 5 letters)
• May – 0 (MAY0 for mayonnaise)
• June – 3 (JUN has 3 letters)
• July – 5 (JULIE has 5 letters)
• August – 1 (August begins with an A, the 1st letter)
• September – 4 (SEPT has 4 letters)
• October – 6 (Halloween TRICKS or TREATS have 6 letters each)
• November – 2 (2nd last month)
• December – 4 (XMAS has 4 letters)

Third, we assign a code number for every year. For example, the year code for 2011 is 6.

### The Formula

• Day of the week = (Month code + Date + Year Code) mod 7
• Note: mod 7 indicates the remainder you get when you divide by 7.

Examples

What is the day for July 16, 2011?

Day of the week = (Month code + Date + Year Code) mod 7

Day of the week = (5 + 16 + 6) mod 7 = 27 mod 7 = 6 (Therefore, it’s a Saturday)

What is the day for December 25, 2011?

Day of the week = (Month code + Date + Year Code) mod 7

Day of the week = (4 + 25 + 6) mod 7 = 35 mod 7 = 0 (Therefore, it’s a Sunday)

Hooray! With practice, you are now ready to be the walking calendar. Amaze your family, colleagues, students, teachers and everyone else.

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Katherine Anne Austen (Katy) is our contributor in the lifestyle and health section. She covers articles, stories and news on health and lifestyle. She is a post graduate in English Majors with specialisation in psychology