Another Hoax: 36 Hours of Darkness on Oct. 17, 2010
Quoted from Manila Bulletin’s article, “36 hours of Darkness in US likely on October 17“:
The report spreading through e-mails and text messages noted that this “coming October 17, 2010, the sun will rise continuously for 36 hours (1.5 days). During this time, the American countries will be dark for 1.5 days. It will convert three days into two big days. It will happen once in 2,400 yrs.”
Please guys…this is nonsense. There are only two places on earth where the Sun stays above or below the horizon for more than a day to months – that is, the North Pole and South Pole. Also, darkness for 1.5 days in places other than near the poles is impossible. This will only happen if the earth’s rotation slows down.
I’ve also searched the internet for news, articles, and blogs regarding this phenomenon. The results showed that this hoax has been circulating since Aug. 2008. This is also the same date with the Mars Hoax.
Here’s a list of sites which debunks the 36 hours on Oct. 17 hoax:
If you have a better explanation to debunk this hoax, feel free to comment on this post.