Weird But True Patterns Between Animals and the Moon

luna-and-the-moon-1133127_640We have all heard mysterious stories of how the moon turns people into werewolves and causes creatures to behave strangely. While this is typically dismissed as simple tall tales, the truth is that there is evidence that the lunar body that orbits our planet could, indeed, have an impact on animals. According to the National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, both human and animal physiology are subject to lunar rhythms. There are a few weird but true patterns that have been exhibited by wildlife during various stages of the lunar cycle.

Badgers and the New Moon

badger-and-new-moonDuring the new moon (when the moon is between the Earth and the sun), badgers tend to raise their leg when they urinate to mark their territory whereas their legs typically remain down during other times. Researchers believe this is because the new moon provides a darker outdoor setting, and this makes it an ideal time for mating as a single session can take as long as 90 minutes.

This is good to know because badgers are dangerous animals, and they become more aggressive when they are mating. If you plan to go out in an area known for badgers during a new moon, be sure to visit Bushcraft pro. They offer the protection and information you need to stay safe if you should happen to come upon one of these devious creatures.

Increase in Pet Mischief

If you have a dog or cat, you may notice that they get into more mischief during the full moon. In fact, according to Live Science, veterinarians and other workers in animal care found a 23 percent increase in cat visits and 28 percent increase in dog visits to emergency rooms on nights when the moon was fuller. While there is no scientific explanation as to why these statistics exist, it’s suspected that it’s because pets tend to spend more time outdoors at night when the moon is brighter.

Lion Attacks on Humans

lionWhile lion attacks on humans aren’t common, when they do occur, it’s most often in the days immediately following a full moon. While this could easily cause us to consider credibility to theories that the full moon makes people and animals crazy, there’s a more likely theory. Since there is a longer gap of darkness between sunset and moonrise during a full moon, it’s more likely for people to be out on these dark nights. Researchers looking for the answers to this phenomenon suspect this simple explanation accounts for the increase in human and lion run-ins.

A Mysterious World

Patterns exist in many forms, and being aware of this fact can make you more attuned to the world around you. While you’re not likely to run into a werewolf anytime soon, there is good evidence to support the claims that the moon does, indeed, have an impact on the behavior of animals. By understanding this, you can make more informed decisions the next time you plan a hunting trip or outdoor family outing.

Breaking Stereotypes and Standing Out

Stereotypes are nothing more but the idea that people get from a certain group because of the pattern in behavior, action, and preference.

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Geeks are people with glasses, freckles, braces, and are walking encyclopedias and calculators who are already in the borderline of insanity. At least that is what the pattern shows and it is what people are lead to believe is true or near reality. They are also called nerds, brainiacs, etc.

Another stereotype familiar to everyone is that blondes are dumb. This stereotype could really hurt people and this is not true altogether.

As to how these stereotypes started, I really could not tell. Just that most of the time, stereotypes are quite mean and insulting, and if you are someone who can’t take these kinds of things lightly, and you somehow have been stereotyped, then you will really have a difficult time handling your emotions and you might end up in a fight with other people, because really, stereotypes will continue to exist because human behavior patterns exist. As much as we want to deviate from the norm and be unique, there will still be an aspect of life that will fall into a pattern that can be associated with a stereotype.

Another form of stereotyping is by judging people even before meeting them, depending on their work. An example of this is how people stereotype chefs to be fat people. When someone is asked to think of a chef, the picture that comes into mind is that of a fat, round man or woman in a chef’s hat and uniform, slicing away the potatoes or shouting orders at their second in command, grumpy-looking and with casual burns here and there.

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People think that because chefs do nothing all day but cook and taste food and look at food and be surrounded by food, that they would, without a choice, be fat. Food is a chef’s life and therefore it is inevitable to end up eating round the clock.

Apparently, while there is no harm in loving food, there is harm in being fat. This harm, can be physical(because fat can cause diseases in the body, not necessarily physical harm from other people), or it can be emotional, which is the case when being stereotyped. You do not get the chance to prove them wrong. No matter how you convince someone that they are wrong, another person would come along and judge you for the same thing. It would be futile to convince everyone because it would be difficult to reach everyone.

These patterns in life are what helped form the society we live in today. Seeing pattern in things is a good thing. However, like most things, it also tends to lead us to see patterns that are of negative effect. It is up to us to make sure that we do not get easily hurt when we are categorized in a pattern. After all, we should know ourselves better than anyone else and if we are confident about who we really are, stereotype or no stereotype, we will not be easily offended and we can live and enjoy life regardless of what others have to say.