Top Ten Interesting Facts and Myths About a Full Moon

Some interesting facts and myths about a full moon.
The Top Ten
1 Myth: The Full Moon Turns People Into Werewolves

Myth. The most popular myth about the full moon is that if a man or woman sleeps outside during a full moon on a Wednesday or Friday during the summer, he or she can turn into a wolf.

2 Fact: The Term "Lunatics" Comes from the Idea that the Full Moon Makes People Go Crazy

The full moon has been known to make people "go crazy". Lunatic is used to describe someone that is mentally ill, unpredictable, dangerous, and/or foolish. The word lunatic is derived from the Latin word "lunaticus", which translates to "moonstruck". It is a fact that hospitals see a higher admittance due to mental illness on full moon nights.

3 Fact: Hospital Workers Report that a Full Moon Causes Hospitals to Be More Busy

Fact? Ask anyone who works in an emergency room. I've heard doctors, nurses, and hospital employees say this my whole life. In fact, a survey carried out by the University of Laval in Canada found that 80% of nurses and 66% of doctors claim emergency rooms are busier during a full moon than any other night.

4 Fact: The Full Moon Causes Temporal Insomnia

Fact. This has been documented since ancient times. In the past, it was thought it was due to the brightness of the full moon. However, even in modern times, people still suffer from this during a full moon. With all the artificial lighting and light pollution, the moon's brightness cannot be the cause.

5 Fact: Dogs Become More Aggressive

Fact. A study conducted by Bradford Royal Infirmary showed that dog bites are twice as common during a full moon than any other night. Studies have also shown dogs are more likely to howl and bark more during a full moon.

6 Fact: "Honeymoon" Comes from a Reference to a Full Moon

Myth/Fact. Fact: The term "honeymoon" was named after the full moon in June. Myth: June is traditionally the "best" month to get married.

7 Myth: A Full Moon on a Monday is Lucky

Myth/Fact. The myth: When a full moon occurs on a Monday, it is considered lucky. But when a full moon occurs on a Sunday, it is considered bad luck. Fact: The name Monday comes from the Old English word Monandaeg, which translates to moon day.

8 Myth: The Full Moon Has a Tidal Effect on the Human Body

Myth. Some people believe that since the human body is 75% water, the moon has a "tidal effect" on the human body. Studies have shown this to be not true. The tidal effect is totally insignificant on such a small scale.

9 Myth: More Babies are Born During a Full Moon

Myth. It's a popular myth that more babies are born during a full moon. No studies have backed this claim.

10 Fact: February is the Only Month that May Not Have a Full Moon

Fact. Because a full moon occurs every 29.5 days, every month is guaranteed a full moon except for February.

The Contenders
11 Fact: The Moon is Never Completely Full

Fact: The Moon's orbit is slightly tilted by 5.145 degrees relative to our orbit. As a result, it is usually either above or below the Sun's opposite position. Therefore, we only see 99.8% or more of the Earth-facing side of the Moon, but not 100%. Otherwise, if the moon were at the exact opposite position of the sun, it would be in the way of Earth's shadow and we'd see a total lunar eclipse.

Interesting fact. If the moon is completely aligned, a lunar eclipse will occur.

12 Fact: Wolves howl at full moons as a way to fill power and love in their pack and also to howl at deceased wolves
13 Myth: The full moon is made of cheese
14 Fact: A Full Moon is Instantaneous

Fact: Because the Moon is always moving, the moment we see the moon at its fullest is over as soon as it begins. Thus, a full moon is instantaneous, though our eyes can't tell for a whole night or even a few nights.

15 Myth: If you eat a Banana on a Monday under a full Moon, you will live longer.
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