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A pile of strangeness

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 23 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:0

Perhaps the humans are barking mad

I wonder if the authors of the Bradford study into the effects of the
moon on animal bites considered the possibility that it was actually the
humans that were affected by the moon phase. They may then, in their lunar
bad temper, have taunted their pets until the unfortunate creatures bit
back. But how would this correlate if at all with the Australian study?

The incidence of drunkenness at Christmas and New Year could also lead to
more taunting of pets, not to mention unwittingly treading on them. And
then, maybe, living in a sunny climate counteracts the negative effects of
the full moon, so that the pets of Australia only need to hide in the
presence of Fosters and XXXX, which may be easier to spot than a full moon
in cloudy Bradford. Happy Christmas.

Competing interests: No competing interests

22 December 2000
Sue Thorn
Executive Director
Society for Endocrinology