Does the Full Moon Make People Act Crazy?
Does the Full Moon Affect People's Behavior?
Many people say it does. If you go by Hollywood's offerings, every sort of mythical beast comes out to prowl and attack on the full moon, the most popular of these offerings being werewolves.
It would be a challenge to keep count of how many werewolf movies have been produced over the years.
However, there may be a bit of science fact behind all the fictional drama and horror flicks. Let's explore.
The Moon's Gravity Affects Much
While many people will pooh-pooh the notion that the moon has anything to do with human behavior, I'm not so sure.
Just ask emergency room doctors and nurses, or cops, all of whom report an upswing in incidents during the full moon.
It was none other than Sir Isaac Newton, of the falling apple fame, who worked out the law of gravity, and also, it turns out, figured out that it was the gravity of the moon responsible for creating the tides.
The moon's gravity affects us far more than that of the sun, given that it is so much closer to us.
Do You Feel Weird or Act Crazy on the Full Moon?
For centuries, the planting of crops and their harvest was tied to the lunar cycles. People believed that planting at just the right time insured a bountiful harvest, while ignoring the planting schedule could mean disaster.
There are still many parts of the world, and even some small enclaves of earth-centric groups here where such cycles are still observed and used.
Of course, there are other cycles of planting having to do with seasons, and length of summer in any given area. It's not always about the moon, but I found the website referenced above to be quite interesting concerning the moon and planting.
Many people still refer to the standby "Old Farmer's Almanac," which gives not only planting times but tidal tables, moon phases, and weather forecasts.
Sir Isaac Newton
The Moon Pushes And Pulls Water; Why Not That in Our Bodies?
The moon pulls the tides of the oceans around, making them ebb and flow. Since the oceans weigh a combined total of approximately 1.5 quintillion tons, then it should come as no surprise that the pull of the moon should be able to affect our human bodies, which are puny by comparison!
After all, our bodies are, on average, about 60% water. The weight of water naturally will vary by individual, but, for example a man weighing in at 195 pounds will have a body that is approximately 117 pounds worth of water.
If the gravity of the far away moon is strong enough to influence the tides of all the waters of Earth, then we humans and other animals, by comparison, are mere ‘pushovers,’ hardly a blip on the moon’s radar.
Now, of course, when you factor in all the animals on earth, as well as other species, you come up with a lot more weight, but if you then divide out the percentage of water weight for all those beings, I’m pretty sure it would not add up to the weight of water in the oceans. I don’t know. It might. I don’t think that study has been attempted.
But Does it Really Have an Effect?
In point of scientific fact, no. The effect of the moon applies only to open bodies of water, such as lakes and oceans. It does not have any effect at all on water inside a container such as a person's or animal's body.
If such were true, there would be lunar effects twice a day, as there are two tidal cycles daily, regardless of the phase of the moon.
So, as much fun as it is to speculate and 'lay blame' for some crazy accident or series of unusual behaviors, our companion satellite really has not part in the matter. And, as they say, you can take that to the bank.
© 2014 Liz Elias