But also bees. Lots of bees.
Around the end of the year, people who would otherwise commit suicide are either around their families, which makes the act less likely, or they're holed up in their apartments and not interacting with other people, which makes them feel less bad. Which is the same reason that once spring rolls around, all bets are off again. Once the snow clears and the world comes back to life, suicide rates spike by around 15 percent compared to the rest of the year, making it the most suicide-prone season.
At first glance, it doesn't make much sense. Spring is when the snow melts, plants show themselves, and the sun starts shining -- all of which does tend to boost our mood from seasonal depression to seasonal constantly-unsure-whether-to-bring-a-scarf-or-not. But that doesn't help us with the real issue, which is that other people bum us the hell out. When spring arrives, we're all expected to get out of our hidey holes and talk to more people, which introduces more stress and frustration into our lives. Luckily, in many countries, this trend is starting to disappear, as seasonal jobs like farm work (where you work less during the winter) are increasingly replaced with office jobs, where you have to suffer your co-workers a full 12 months out of the year.
And hearing about synergistic cross-platform integration makes your brain too numb to think of ways to die.
But writers simply refuse to roll with the changes and are still pushing the now doubly outdated Christmas suicide myth -- which some experts fear might encourage people to take the plunge just based on the idea that it must be true. So remember, everyone: Instead of repeating urban legends about the holidays, try punching a journalist instead.
April Showers Bring May Flowers ... And Explode Your Appendix
While we recently discovered that the appendix is actually not completely useless, most people still more as a Russian Roulette game built into our bodies. Every once in a while, the powers that be randomly point at someone on the planet, say "Fuck'em," and doom them to appendicitis, which could lead to peritonitis and even death if not treated. But it turns out that the timer on that ticking time bomb isn't as random as we might think, seeing as how there's an Appendicitis Season.
To clarify, this is not the season for shooting appendixes.
One study taken in Ghana revealed that appendicitis happened more often between the months of April and July, which is also Ghana's rainy season. That's not a coincidence. The same effect was observed in Finland -- as humidity increases, the countdown to an appendix meltdown start ticking down more quickly. Geez, we know that people can feel the coming rain in their bones, but it's quite the meteorological certainty if your internal organs start feeling at the sight of a mild drizzle.
Haha, not so perfect now, are you Finland?
But it's not damp clothes that cause this bump, but runny noses. Scientists theorize that it's the greater prevalence of allergens and bacteria in the air during wet and warm weather which affects the appendix and can cause it to become inflamed if you're extremely unlucky. This also suggests that appendicitis is the worst possible symptom of allergies, which certainly puts our sniffles and swollen eyes into perspective.
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