the people, they go crazy

Yesterday I bought the paper for my flatmate. The front page was screaming about how there had been over a thousand calls to the police on Saturday and we are all a bunch of drunken crazies.

There was a full moon on Saturday, coinciding with the astronomical event of the moon coming the closest it ever does to the earth. (I was tempted to go off and take photos of the huge moon rising but was movie-marathoning.) Despite the correlation between the full moon and increased emergency calls/crazy shit going on, this wasn’t mentioned in the article, which did however take the opportunity to launch into a bunch of conservative ranting.

Also, just while we´re peripherally on Courtenay Place, home of drunken troublemakers; Courtenay Place has got a new set of lights down the middle of the road that light everything up all hyper-real and energised. This was the first weekend they were operational. It looks kind of cool. Less cool is apparently CCTV cameras were put in as part of that refurbishment.

4 Responses to “the people, they go crazy”

  1.   dritchie
    December 16th, 2008 | 1:39 pm

    It’s a nice idea but the “lunar effect” (esp. its effect on mental stability and crime rates) is a bit of urban folklore (in as much anything dating back to medieval times can be “urban”). This is worth a read on the skeptic’s dictionary: http://skepdic.com/fullmoon.html

  2.   Administrator
    December 16th, 2008 | 10:57 pm

    That´s interesting. Further digging reveals a bunch of studies find a significant correlation, but that on the whole more don’t.

    And yeah, I have anecdotes from 111 operators, and crazy people… 🙂

  3.   Scott
    December 17th, 2008 | 4:56 pm

    I have anecdotes from my cat, who doesn’t do drugs or alcohol, but goes nuts on the nights of the full moon.

    What more proof does one need?

  4.   Rich
    December 18th, 2008 | 3:17 pm

    I reckon that rather than CCTV they should just close the motorway to the Hutt on weekend evenings.