Tonight you may have noticed that we have a big and bright Full Moon. Tony my friend would always say that whenever there is a Full Moon, people become friskier, hornier. Is this true?
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Let’s hear it from 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. 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.
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Another source says:
At the University of Miami, psychologist Arnold Lieber and his colleagues decided to test the old belief of full-moon â€œlunacyâ€ which most scientists had written off as an old wivesâ€™ tale. The researchers collected data on homicide in Dade County (Miami) over a period of 15 years â€” 1,887 murders, to be exact. When they matched the incidence of homicide with the phases of the moon, they found, much to their surprise, that the two rose and fell together, almost infallibly, for the entire 15 years! As the full or the new moon approached, the murder rate rose sharply; it distinctly declined during the first and last quarters of the moon.
An earlier report by the American Institute of Medical Climatology to the Philadelphia Police Department entitled â€œThe Effect of the Full Moon on Human Behaviorâ€ found similar results. That report showed that the full moon marks a monthly peak in various kinds of psychotically oriented crimes such as murder, arson, dangerous driving, and kleptomania. People do seem to get a little bit crazier about that time of the month.
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Another posits that the change in behavior has something to do with the Full Moon’s effect on the amount of positive ions in the air. It is said that if you breathe large amounts of positive ions without an equal amount of negative ions, you will actually become lethargic and in some cases sick (high positive ion concentrations in the air are associated with the full moon). Air containing more negative ions and fewer positive ions has shown to be beneficial and without side effects.
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Well I really don’t have any answers. But based on experience, I somehow concur with Tony’s statement. Full Moon = friskier, hornier. What do you think?
(Hmmm… would the Malate party scene be bigger tonight? Or would F, E, or CB have better business tonight?)