7 Myths About Full Moons You Can Safely Ignore

7 Myths About Full Moons You Can Safely Ignore

The full moon gets blamed for a lot of crazy stuff—not just werewolves! Here are the common myths about the moon you can finally stop believing.

Myth: Surgery isn't safe during a full moon


There's a prevailing myth that major surgeries should be scheduled according to your astrological forecast. According to one hypothesis, that's because the tides could have an effect on your blood flow. While the full moon does tug at ocean tides, it doesn't affect your blood flow. A study in the journal Anesthesiology, as reported on livescience.com, shows that the moon's phase had zero effect on the outcome of some 18,000 heart-related surgeries performed at the Cleveland Clinic between 1993 and 2006. The moon has very little effect on the liquid in your body in general. In fact, some studies suggest that it's actually safer to have heart surgery during the full moon. Studies show that those surgeries have better outcomes and shorter hospital stays—but experts aren't sure why.

Myth: The moon has a dark side

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Despite being the title of Pink Floyd's blockbuster 1973 album, the "dark side of the moon," doesn't actually exist. According to NASA, what we call the "dark side" is actually a "far side." That's because the moon rotates, so there is always 41 percent of the moon's surface that can never be seen from earth. And despite appearances, scientists have figured out that it's not actually dark on the far side. The few dark spots you can see from earth are the result of "volcanic plains." Check out these spooky facts about the moon.

Myth: Cats and dogs go crazy during a full moon


Some people, even veterinarians, believe that cats and dogs freak out during a full moon, like there's some kind of lunar force that taps into your pet's psyche. And studies do show an uptick in emergency room visits for cats and dogs during a full moon and in the days before and after. However, that's probably not actually due to the moon. It's been argued that there's so much more illumination on evenings when the moon is full that pets tend to stay out later, frollicking in the moonlight—and potentially getting into trouble.

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