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:

Will the sun rise for 36 hours on October 17, 2008?

Sun in the Sky for 36 Hours

Is coming October 17 the sun will rise continuously for 36 hours?

On Oct. 17 the Sun will rise continuously for 36 hours

If you have a better explanation to debunk this hoax, feel free to comment on this post.


~ by Stella's Gaze on August 19, 2010.

8 Responses to “Another Hoax: 36 Hours of Darkness on Oct. 17, 2010”

  1. Hi po Ate!!Yeah!I agree!!I already read that yesterday in Manila Bulletin…I really don’t believe that!There’s no such time that the earth will spin very slow…unless, if there is a force that greatly affect the earth’s magnetic field would cause significant changes…
    (hahaha…Tama ba?)

  2. Hey is it true i wana see that strange

  3. it’s physically, scientifically, and logically impossible for this phenomenon to occur. the earths rotation speed would not slow down randomly just for a few hours. let’s say it WAS going to slow down at some point, it would only be because over an EXTREME period of time for some strange reason the earth has ALREADY been slowing down. to my knowledge, that hasnt occurred at all so common sense would suggest this is bullshit anyway. it would be cool, but its bullshit

  4. Is coming October 17 the sun will rise continuously for 36 hours?
    this is true or not

  5. lets just see if it will happen on that day…

  6. let see what happens now…?

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