The Independent – a newspaper worthier (and containing only slightly less breaking news) than the Dead Sea scrolls – displays its usual elan this morning.
Its “50 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT THE FULL MOON” item seems to have been something of a tall order for its authors, Jonathan Brown and Rebecca Bowle, whose 20 minutes of Googling has resulted in two pages of distilled tedium.
“The full moon is a lunar phase occurring when the moon is on the opposite side of the earth from the sun and all three bodies are aligned in a straight line,” they drone. “Viewed from earth, the near side of the moon is fully illuminated by the sun, giving it the familiar circular appearance.”
Goodness. What else did I not know? “The world’s tidal ranges are at their maximum during the full moon, when the sun, earth and moon are in line.”
That rasping you hear is my jaw scraping the floor. But wait, there’s more. “The next full moon will occur on 30 June 2007…. The Moonlight Sonata, by Ludwig von Beethoven, is probably the most widely recognised classical work associated with the moon…. The full moon is the brightest object in the night sky.”
And, perhaps the most illuminating fact of all: “An analysis of the birthdays of 4,256 babies born in a clinic in France found no relationship between the full moon and fertility.”
Honestly. There is more news in the Daily Express.