Full Moon: Causes More Weird Behavior?

It is the very error of the moon.
She comes more near the earth
than she was wont. And makes
men mad.”
—William Shakespeare, Othello
I appreciate the goodies science has brought us. My appreciation of science doesn’t go beyond that and that is why I never went to a science class in high school. It bores the hell out of me. Anyways just when I thought my nightmares were over, I was shocked when I found myself in one science class this semester, the course is compulsory. What on earth does Law have to do with Scientific methods? I agree that there might be common grounds even at that, I am not so interested.
However, I got the most shocking yet funny story of my life(maybe not my entire life), when my good-looking professor told us the relationship between full moon and lunatics, that is, why there are more mad people during the full moon. You find it funny right? And probably wondering how that is scientific. Well, since I know the reason and you don’t, you will have to read this piece to the end.
  It is a saying that, ‘there are more mad men when the moon is full’, and you might have heard people ask if the full moon is out when you behave strangely. My lecturer gave a religious explanation of this. I will also attempt to give the scientific view on this(feeling like a scientist!).
Religious View
According to my professor, when God sent Lucifer and his cohorts from heaven, they came to a place, which is where the moon(lunar) is said to be now. So as a result of this, anytime the full moon is out, you tend to see more mad people.
Scientific view
The term lunatic is derived from the Greek word lunar, meaning moon. The belief that full moon has certain effects on animals including humans is called lunar effect. According to Wikipedia:
  ” Two studies found evidence that those with
mental disorders generally exhibit periods of
increased violent or aggressive episodes during
the full moon,  but a more recent study
found no such correlation. An analysis of
mental-health data found a significant effect of
moon phase, but only on schizophrenic patients.”
In an article written by  Hal Arkowitz and Scott O in 2009:
” Greek philosopher Aristotle and Roman
historian Pliny the Elder suggested that the
brain was the “moistest” organ in the body and
thereby most susceptible to the pernicious
influences of the moon, which triggers the tides.
Belief in the “lunar lunacy effect,” or
“Transylvania effect,” as it is sometimes called,
persisted in Europe through the Middle Ages,
when humans were widely reputed to
transmogrify into werewolves or vampires
during a full moon.”
They went further to talk about the fact that hospitals and rehabilitation centers have more people behave weirdly when the full moon is out and law enforcement agencies are also aware of the possibilities of having more law breakers.
However, some scientists have rejected this theory claiming that the moon is so far to the earth, and because of this, there is no way its molecules can have effect on humans.
Any which way, I still find it funny. So next time, you see your friend misbehaving especially if it goes on for more than the usual ‘five minutes madness’ , then you might want to check if the full moon is out!!!  Love you!!!

Oyekan Oluwaseun O


Missing In Action (MIA)!!!

It’s been a pretty long time. You must have thought have gone missing, since these days, things seems to be getting missing and it seems like it is the trend.
  I have not gone missing, just lazy. A few days ago, I was chatting with a friend on BlackBerry Messenger  and in the course of the chat, we started talking about the rate at which things are going missing these days all over the world, with little or no traces. We first talked about the missing passenger ship of South Korea that carried over 300 passengers around April 16. However, after about hundred days more bodies have been recovered and according to http://www.foxnews.com as at July only about ten bodies were still missing.
Nigeria’s missing Chibok girls are still very much missing and it’s been six months now(180days). One can’t even imagine how much pains they must be going through and the heartache their parents and families are also going through. A friend was telling me that the girls would soon be forgotten now. The thought of it is heart wrenching but with the way things are going it seems so. The clamour for #bringbackourgirls is reducing and everyone seems to be more concerned about the coming election. It is really a pity!
I am sure we all still remember the missing Malaysian aircraft MH370, is still very much missing for months now and efforts are still been made to find the plane and its passengers. Only God knows where they are, how can a whole aircraft with passengers just disappear like that! I remember someone humorously suggested that maybe they are in another part of the universe, like somewhere different from the earth and are now with aliens. I really wish that was the case, but in a recent report, it was reported that they are probably dead.
Seriously, there are many cases of missing things and lives these days and it is disheartening. I really don’t know who or what to blame.I just hope they are all found and that we also don’t go missing. Don’t think this does not concern you, it concerns everyone. At this juncture, I hope I don’t go MIA. Love to hear from you!!!

Oyekan Oluwaseun O

I Heard Love Speak

As the rain drops whispers to the earth
So does your love whispers
It makes my belly churn
And my body tingle
My eyes open wide
Just at the thought of your love.
I can break the walls of Jerusalem
By just thinking about your love
For what is riches or success
Without your love like morning dew
This must be a celestial love
For I feel it and it is so pure.
As the rain drops heavily on the earth
And the earth feels it rush
So do I feel the rush of my heart
All you have to do is ask
And I shall be yours a million times
Till we consummate our love
And you make me yours
And I make you mine
Leaving permanent imprints on each other.

Oyekan Oluwaseun O