Monday, December 7, 2015

Behavior Influenced by A Full Moon

It is a common and fiercely believed myth that the full moon causes people to change their behavior. Many believe that when a full moon occurs, strange and even paranormal activity occurs. Individuals often times adopt more deviant behavior and supposedly, crime rates spike whenever there is a full moon. There were even instances of police stations across the UK increasing their staffing on full moons. However, studies have been conducted that disprove this popular myth. The belief that the full moon causes mental disorders and strange behavior was widespread throughout Europe in the middle ages. In fact, lunacy stems from the Latin word for moon. This effect is called "The Lunar Effect" or "The Transylvania Effect". Numerous demographics have been tracked over the years, including suicide rates, accidents, murders, and even animal bites, all coming back with no indications of a relationship between the full moon and the incidents. But, humans still continue to believe this fallacy.

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