January 17 Will Be Saddest Day of 2011

So say the social researchers
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2011 7:07 PM CST
Updated Jan 8, 2011 8:26 AM CST
Jan 17., the third Monday, should be the saddest day of the year, statisticians have predicted.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Get the tissues handy: The saddest day of the year approaches. One researcher pegs that as Jan. 17 for a host of reasons—the presents are gone, the bills are due, the resolutions are busted, it's cold ... you get the picture. The New York Post rounds up that and other forecasts from social researchers (think Twitter analysis) in a not-so-serious guidepost. Tidbits:

  • Happiest day: Ask your boss for June 17 off now.
  • You're fired: It's most likely to happen in January, though you're most likely to quit in May or August.

  • You're hired: Mid-June is most common, probably because of seasonal work.
  • Infidelity: Summer is the cheating season.
  • Breakups: These often happen in December (though not on Christmas), according to a reading of Facebook postings.
  • It's a boy: Most newborns arrive in July.
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