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Here are the full moon myths that you should ignore

FULL MOON MYTHS – These myths about the full moon are now debunked and people can ignore them completely.

People all over the globe have certain beliefs when it comes to the full moon. In the Philippines, this natural happening is often associated with superstitious beliefs, mystical creatures, and supernatural activities.

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However, according to the article from Reader’s Digest, these full moon myths were already debunked.

Myth #1: The Dark Side

The Dark Side of the Moon is the title of Pink Floyd’s blockbuster 1973 album but this is not true. It has no dark side as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) stated that it is rather called the “far side”. The fact states that the moon rotates and because of this, 41 percent of its surface cannot be seen on earth. In addition, scientists found out that the far side of the moon is not really dark. The dark spots that are visible from the earth are “volcanic plains.

Myth #2: Fake moon landing

Critics of the moon landing have stated a few points about the alleged conspiracy theories. One point they are stressing out is the flag, “Why is the flag-waving when there isn’t a breeze on the moon?” According to the article, the explanation of this is the “angular momentum”.

Myth #3: Cats and dogs go crazy during a full moon

Although there is a rise in the number of emergency visits for cats and dogs during a full moon, a day before and after it, experts have a different explanation to this. The more illumination on evenings when the moon is full is likely the reason why pets get frolicking in the moonlight and stay out for a longer time.

Myth #4: Kids are more active during a full moon

Kids are always active – during a new moon, full moon, half-moon, crescent moon or any moon that happens to be in the sky, according to scientists. Researchers found out that kids have slept “1 percent less during the full moon,” however, this number cannot be considered as “clinically meaningful”.

Myth #5: Full moon has no effect on your sleep

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A study of scientists in Switzerland came to the conclusion that people spend about five minutes longer to fall to sleep, and they woke up 20 minutes sooner during a full moon. In addition, their state of deep sleep is 30 percent less time than normal. According to experts, it could be due to the “circalunar” rhythms or our natural daily cycles.

Myth #6: Everyone becomes nuts during a full moon

People have been associating the full moon with crazy times and crazy behavior, since time immemorial. This is why the term “lunatic” was derived from the Latin word “luna”. It is also the name of the ancient moon goddess. No enough evidence can prove that the slight increase in the number of crimes and visits to the E.R. during a full moon. Authorities explained that this is just due to the “natural increase in activity when there’s more light.”

Myth #7: It’s not safe to do surgery during a full moon

It is a fact that the moon affects the condition of the ocean tides. However, some believed that a full moon also affects the blood flow. A study in the journal Anesthesiology debunked this myth as some believed that major surgeries should be scheduled according to astrological forecast.

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