It Pays to Remember Dates

"What day is today?"

"Gosh, you've got me, I don't know what day it is."

"Well, why don't you look at that newspaper you have in your pocket—that should tell us."

"Oh, no, that won't do us any good; it's yesterday's paper!"

although all of us can tell what day today is by looking at yesterday's paper—how many of you can tell quickly, or slowly, for that matter, the day of the week that any date this year will fall on? Not many, I'm sure. If you feel that having this information at your fingertips, with hardly any effort, is worthwhile—then read on. There are, of course, many different methods for calculating the day of the week for any given date, not the least of which is counting on your fingers.

Some of the systems are so involved that it seems much simpler to take the time to find a calendar, and get your information there. On the other hand, there are ways of actually knowing the day of the week for any date in the twentieth century! This doesn't seem to me to have any particular practical value; although it may have for some of you. Used as a memory stunt, however, it is quite impressive.

I intend to teach you how to do that in this chapter, but

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