A full moon occurs when the moon, the Earth and the sun are lined up, with the Earth in between the sun and the moon. This allows us to see the entire disc of the moon illuminated in reflected sunlight. While 2016 will have 12 full moons, some years have 13 because the full moon phase occurs every 29.53 days.
Native Americans attributed certain terms to each month’s full moon based on seasonal factors. Naming the moons helped them keep track of the seasons; the moons were a part of their calendar, particularly important in regulating farming and hunting activities.
Now you can moon your mail carrier … not in the scatological sense, but in the philatelic sense.
To celebrate tonight’s full moon, the U.S. Postal Service officially released its circular moon stamp today. One stamp sells for $1.20, and provides “Global Forever” postage for sending a 1-ounce letter to most countries around the world. (Technically, they can go to any country that’s reachable by First Class Mail International service.)
This werewolf full moon flip shirt is a great way to let innocent bystanders know what is up – and it has the added benefit, if you use it right, of covering up your real fangs so you don’t accidentally chew anyone’s face off.
WEREWOLVES belong in fiction, but researchers have demonstrated an eerie spike in very violent behaviour during the full moon.
Australian experts looked at the cases of 91 patients who presented for treatment at the emergency department of Calvary Mater Hospital in Newcastle, NSW, all of whom were so violent they needed to be sedated or physically restrained to prevent them harming staff or themselves.
Of these 91 who were seen over a 12-month period, they found that 21 (23 per cent) presented when the moon was full – about double the number of cases seen during any of the other seven lunar phases.
Other predators, such as wolves, may also be at their most dangerous when the moon starts to wane.
The discovery, from an African study of 500 lion attacks, could explain the full moon’s place in folklore as a harbinger of evil or disaster, and its association with werewolves and vampires.
Scientists studied records of nearly 500 lion attacks on Tanzanian villagers between 1988 and 2009.
In more than two thirds of cases, the victims were killed and eaten. The vast majority of attacks occurred between dusk and 10pm on nights when the moon was waning and providing relatively little light.
The modern genre of werewolf books, TV series and movies are in complete agreement with the 1941 Hollywood classic film The Wolf Man. Yep, if you are so inclined, the full Moon will turn you into a lunatic werewolf.
Indeed, that rather antiquated word ‘lunacy’ comes from Luna, who was the Roman Goddess of the Moon. One definition of lunacy is “intermittent insanity once believed to be related to phases of the moon”.
This belief goes back a long way. The Roman scientist and military commander, Pliny the Elder, said that because the full Moon causes a very heavy nocturnal dew, it must also make the brain become “unnaturally moist”. That was how, he claimed, the Moon caused both epilepsy and lunacy. He was wrong.
SCIENTISTS say they’ve proven what paramedics have claimed for years – evidence that shows people go a bit nutty when there’s a full moon.
Dr Gordian Fulde has been the director of the emergency department at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital for 30 years and says throughout his entire career he’s known “people really do behave more strangely than they normally do” at the peak of the lunar cycle.
“It’s a very firm belief because it’s just been like this for years, decades and centuries,” Dr Fulde said.
Do you think you might be part werewolf?
Are you reading this because you can’t fucking sleep?
Do you feel like getting a little crazy right now?
Well then you’re in the right place amigo.
Welcome to the dark side of the moon.
Why does this happen? What’s it all about? What’s wrong with your brain? These are good goddamn questions. All we know is Moonitis is a real thing and we need your help to figure out just what the hell is going on. So howl at us in the comments below and share your full (and new) moon troubles and traumas.