According to a study published in the Australia Medical Journal the full moon brings out the beast in people. Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital did a study on 91 patients in which 23%, 21 patients, were violent with staff. This number is double the amount of incidences that took place in other moon phases during the 11 month study. The attacks included biting and scratching and other animalistic behavior. Use of alcohol and drugs was also elevated during this time. The werewolf myth was mentioned and perhaps this tendency in humans during the full moon did give rise to such stories. Health care workers have long believed violence and odd behavior are more prevalent during this time each month. Often the assertion has been dismissed as anecdotal but now it appears, in at least this study, to have some validity. http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,26479508-23272,00.html
picture from nasa.com
Updated: Story took place in Australia not Austria.
Posted By: patty - Sun Dec 13, 2009 -
The above picture is one of a dozen unusual staircases shown at the link below. They are all pretty cool, but this one and the polished stone one were my favorites. Share your faves too guys! http://www.oddee.com/item_96905.aspx
Posted By: patty - Sat Dec 12, 2009 -
The National Physical Laboratory has been around since the early 1900s and is famous for a number of its creations, such as the first working atomic clock. But never let it be said that it's all work and no play in the lab. Just in time for Christmas, the NPL, located in Middlesex, England, has created the world's smallest snowman. The snowman is not visible to the naked eye, being only one-fifth the width of a human hair. It was created with two tin beads used to calibrate electron microscope astigmatism. The nose is ion beam deposited platinum and the rest of the face was milled using a focused ion beam. All that scientific mumbo-jumbo aside, this tiny snowman is adorable!
A few months ago, an inspired couple went digging through their old photographs to find just one that didn't involve alcohol. Unfortunately it seemed that all of their trips down memory lane included mass quantities of beer (and what's wrong with that?). But those types of photos can make a negative statement when posted on social sites like Facebook and when found by employers, or even worse, mom and dad. The quick fix? Replace all of the beer with cats. Yes, cats. And thus, Boozecats was born! So kick back with a tall, frosty Himalayan and enjoy the weirdness.
A young man studying chemistry at the Ukraine Polytechnic Institute made a costly mistake. He was studying in his room at his parents house when they heard a loud popping sound. Upon checking they found him dead, the bottom of his jaw blown off. It seems the student was in the habit of dipping his chewing gum in citric acid. That would have been fine, except there were packets of both citric acid and an unidentified explosive present. Apparently he dipped his gum in the wrong one. Ouch!! http://www.news.com.au/weird-true-freaky/chemistry-student-killed-by-exploding-chewing-gum/story-e6frflri-1225808518676
Paul Di Filippo
Paul has been paid to put weird ideas into fictional form for over thirty years, in his career as a noted science fiction writer. He has recently begun blogging on many curious topics with three fellow writers at The Inferior 4+1.
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