22/01/2001 | 3 comments
A chiling study of over 1600 biting incidents in the Bradford area over the
last 2 years has shown a clear correlation betweeen vicious savagings and the
onset of the full moon. Crazed animals – desrcibed as ‘vaguely dog like
monsters’* by victims clearly unable to recognise a perfectly normal dog –
have been proven to sink their teeth into human flesh more regularly around
the full moon period of the lunar cycle.
This study by Dr Chanchal Bahattacharjee of Bradford Royal Infirmary ties in
with other evidence. Previous studies have found increases in crime,
aggression, human births and traffic accidents during the few days around the
full moon. “The full moon is related to a lot of human behaviour,”
Battacharjee told New Scientist . “It could be that animals are also
affected. Or it could be that a change in the behaviour of the human at this
time makes the animal more likely to bite.”
This study comes in the same week as two other studies linking human health
and behaviour to the lunar cycle;
A British Telecom team found that people are more likely to make calls in the
days leading up to a full moon. And research led by Richard Neal at the
University of Leeds found that the number of patients visiting a GP peaks
soon after a new moon.
Asked to explain the mechanism behind the peaking, Neal said: “We don’t know.
And we probably never will.”
All we can suggest is that it might be safer to dig the turbo trainer out
than go outside when the Wolves are howling.