Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Full Moon

According to Wikipedia..."Full Moons are traditionally associated with temporal insomnia, insanity (hence the terms lunacy and lunatic) and various "magical phenomena" such as lycanthropy. Psychologists, however, have found that there is no strong evidence for effects on human behavior around the time of a full moon.[7] They find that studies are generally not consistent, with some showing a positive effect and others showing a negative effect. In one instance, the December 23, 2000 issue of the British Medical Journal published two studies on dog bite admission to hospitals in England and Australia. The study of the Bradford Royal Infirmary found that dog bites were twice as common during a full moon, whereas the study conducted by the public hospitals in Australia found that they were less likely."

According to Skepdic.com..."The full moon has been linked to crime, suicide, mental illness, disasters, accidents, birthrates, fertility, and werewolves, among other things. Some people even buy and sell stocks according to phases of the moon, a method probably as successful as many others. Numerous studies have tried to find lunar effects. So far, the studies have failed to establish much of interest. Lunar effects that have been found have little or nothing to do with human behavior, e.g., the discovery of a slight effect of the moon on global temperature,* which in turn might have an effect on the growth of plants. Of course, there have been single studies here and there that have found correlations between various phases of the moon and this or that phenomenon, but nothing significant has been replicated sufficiently to warrant claiming a probable causal relationship."

According to Rondipedia.com..."The full moon brings out the crazies in student and teacher behavior. Some would say this is an old wives tale. I say this is fact. Based on 28 years of classroom experience."

This day was going along kind of crazily. I kept saying to our office administrator "what is going on today?" Then she reminded me, "It's a full moon." Enough said.


Patty said...

My dad always said that crime was higher on a full moon and he always wished to have full moon nights off from work. I had "opportunity" to take someone to the county hospital mental health floor one time when it was full moon and got first hand experience with the concept of lunacy.....it was wild there and the staff all blamed it on the full moon. So maybe there is something to it

Heidi said...

I just caught the "Rondipedia" reference! Ha! That's good. :-D