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Emails from 1970?!

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HexBramble Fri 14-Aug-15 06:57:45

I occasionally get emails dated 1/1/1970 - they're blank, no message, no sender details.

Just checking my All Mailbox now for an email I'd lost, and I've found about 50 more of these blank emails with this mysterious date.

Any ideas why?!

saffronwblue Fri 14-Aug-15 07:03:05

I get these on my phone! Would love to know why...

HighOverTheFenceLeapsSunnyJim Fri 14-Aug-15 07:23:13

Me too!

I'm using an iPhone.

Germgirl Fri 14-Aug-15 07:29:39

I get those too. I just reset the phone and they vanish. No idea why they appear or why they have that date.

HexBramble Fri 14-Aug-15 07:57:21

So I'm not alone.

Still a mystery though - really keen to know what these are.

cathcustard Fri 14-Aug-15 08:04:15

I get them too, mostly they go straight into junk.
Be interesting to know where they come from.

SoupDragon Fri 14-Aug-15 08:07:10

I'm sure 1/1/1970 is the date iPhones/iPods revert to when they completely run out of charge. It happened a lot on DSs iPod touch. Odd.

WMittens Fri 14-Aug-15 10:57:19

No idea ... why they have that date.

It will be a mail server interpretation of an email with an empty date field - date and time stamps usually can't be empty so it will equate '0' or 'null' with that date. (probably a UNIX server, from what I've read).

From wiki:
"Unix time (also known as POSIX time or Epoch time) is a system for describing instants in time, defined as the number of seconds that have elapsed since 00:00:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), Thursday, 1 January 1970,[1][note 1] not counting leap seconds."

RoosterCogburn Fri 14-Aug-15 14:42:41

It's a glitch, 010170 is the start of unix time - the point where computers measure time from. Anything prior to that is measured in negative seconds.

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