Full Moon Blamed for George Bush Election?

The full moon causing odd behavior is a myth that has been believed for centuries Photo: ALAMY

The election of George Bush in 2000 was a shock not only to the nation but to the world.  How such an obvious light weight from, of all places, Texas, could be elected to the highest office in the land was a mystery to most political observers.  The theories ran the gamut from it was God’s will, to the planets were in line, to the full moon.  Well, the first two excuses are ridiculous but what about the last?  Read about the full moon phenomenon right here:

Sudden crime waves, injuries and other random acts have been blamed on the monthly phenomenon, sometimes by doctors, nurses and the police.

But research by a group of psychologists in Canada has finally debunked the myth, proving that the lunar cycle has no influence on these freak occurrences.

More than 770 hospital patients were studied in the three-year project with those suffering from psychological problems being closely analyzed.

Patients suffered problems ranging from panic attacks to suicidal behavior and often claimed to have mystery chest pains.

No evidence of a lunar link was discovered.

“This may be coincidental or due to factors we did not take into account,” Professor Genevieve Belleville, a psychologist for Canada’s Universite Laval told the journal General Hospital Psychiatry.

“But one thing is certain – we observed no full moon or new moon effect on psychological problems.

“The analyses revealed no link between the incidence of psychological problems and the four lunar phases.”

The pains were instead attributed to the mental health of the patients and timing found to have no specific pattern – with one exception. Anxiety attacks were 32 per cent less frequent during the last quarter of a lunar cycle than at other times.

The full moon causing odd behavior is a myth that has been believed for centuries.

Around 80 per cent of nurses and 63 per cent of doctors in the hospitals had been convinced they were seeing more patients for mental problems during a full moon than any other time.

Police forces from Brighton to Ohio have also beefed up their night time presence during the full moon after blaming it for rises in crime, according to reports.

Commentators even claimed the reason George W. Bush unexpectedly won the 2000 US presidential election was as a result of the full moon sending voters crazy.

Many thanks to Amy Willis of The Telegraph for this story contribution.

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6 Responses to Full Moon Blamed for George Bush Election?

  1. James Smith Reply

    November 23, 2012 at 5:38 am


  2. bitcodavid Reply

    November 23, 2012 at 8:34 am

    I used to have a boss who believed it. And he was a tech! It made for a great excuse.

    • James Smith Reply

      November 23, 2012 at 8:42 am

      There is no power in the universe greater than that of human self-deception.


  3. Bill Formby Reply

    November 23, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Hey, they forgot the part that claimed that the human body is mostly water and the moon affects the water in the body. I guess that make us all bipolar as the tides go in and out. 🙂

    • James Smith Reply

      November 23, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      But Bill, “The tide goes, the tide goes out. You can’t explain that.”

      • Jess Reply

        November 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm

        This never gets old, like this is good news for John McCain or all of them Katie and in what respect Charlie.

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