Thursday, February 03, 2005

 

Blame the Moon

Rumors of full moon madness have persisted in myth and folklore for centuries, but could there be any truth to such, well...madness? I decided to conduct a thorough, exhaustive investigation consisting of a 3.42 second web search to find out whether there was any truth to the idea.

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:

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...



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