Thursday, February 03, 2005
Blame the Moon
It turns out, I'm not the only one who was interested in this topic. In fact, my first Google hit was Neuroscience for Kids--The Full Moon, and they cover the topic quite well. Check it out for details and sources, but in summary:
- Aggravated Assault? Increased!
- Crimes in general? Increased!
- Self Poisoning? Increased!
- Animal Bites? Significantly increased!
Well, the full moon is pure evil.
Actually, I'm sad to say, these were the only positive correlations out of many, many more studies that found no link whatsoever. Most, including police arrest records and suicide rates, showed no link at all. And a few things, such as mental hospital admissions, actually decreased on the full moon and increased on the new moon.
So that's one less scapegoat in my repertoire...