Friday, June 25, 2010

The Full Moon Theory

Our high school health teacher told us that evidence existed that proved humans act crazier during full moons. I suppose there was a spike in crime or something that could be put on a chart. She asked us to come up with a theory that would explain this behavior. I probably thought it was a dumb assignment at the time, but now I recognize that it may have been one out of four or five assignments in all of high school that required critical thought. My theory -- see if you can follow me here -- was that the moon affected brains in the same way it affects tides. Our brains float in liquid, so the stronger pull of the full moon moved people's brains in their skulls and caused wacko behavior. This theory was, of course, utter nonsense. The moon's gravity is the same whether it's full or not -- it's always there 100% no matter how much of a shadow the earth casts on it. Regardless, I was pretty impressed with myself. Still am, as a matter of fact.

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