Siri Says the ‘Opening Gates of Hades’ is July 27, 2014: Users Question Why

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Senior Reporter
Jack Phillips is a reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
December 22, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

The Apple iPhone’s Siri function is saying that July 27, 2014, will be the “Opening [the] Gates of Hades,” or the Greek term for Hell, leading many to question why.

If one asks Siri, “What is July 27” or “What is July 27, 2014,” she’ll give the response “It’s Sunday, 27 July 2014 (Opening Gates Of Hades).” It doesn’t appear to work for everyone.

Several Epoch Times staff members could confirm that Siri delivered the “Hades” response, while another staff member’s phone said July 27 is “Arbor Day” and displayed a Wikipedia page.

According to the website Cult of Mac, if one rewords the phrase, she’ll say that the gates of Hades already opened, doing so on May 14, 2005.

There’s been speculation as to why Siri is giving this response. Some have said it’s a joke, while Cult of Mac said it’s due to a glitch in the iPhone’s Wolfram Alpha configuration, which directs Siri to give its response.

Cult of Mac and iPhone owners on the Apple forum discussion said that July 27, 2014, has to do with “Chinese Ghost Month,” where according to legend, the gates of Heaven and Hell open. The month is on the seventh month of the lunar year.

Some speculated it had to do with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The May 14, 2005, response likely has to do with the opening of a since-closed bar or club named Hades in New York, said Cult of Mac.

On Facebook and Twitter, thousands of people shared the apocalyptic Siri response.

Siri, however, has given odd responses to questions in the past.

Last month, there were reports saying that if you ask Siri a specific question about political views, she’ll display a Wikipedia page for former Republican Congressman Ron Paul, who ran for president several times. Like the “Hades” response, it didn’t appear for everyone.

Several people posted YouTube videos of Siri’s response (see video below)


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Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Senior Reporter
Jack Phillips is a reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.