Monday, January 24, 2005



Apparently scientists have determined that January 24 is "the most depressing day of the year." So, if anyone reading this has had a bad day, there is a mathematical explanation:

"Dr. Cliff Arnall's calculations show that misery peaks Monday. [January 24]
Arnall, who specializes in seasonal disorders at the University of Cardiff, Wales, created a formula that takes into account numerous feelings to devise peoples' lowest point.
The model is: [W + (D-d)] x TQ M x NA
The equation is broken down into seven variables: (W) weather, (D) debt, (d) monthly salary, (T) time since Christmas, (Q) time since failed quit attempt, (M) low motivational levels and (NA) the need to take action."

According to an article published on MSNBC,, Jan. 24 is the date by which most people have received their holiday bills, broken their New Year's resolutions, and are experiencing the effects of winter weather. Of course, this study was funded by a travel group seeking to convince peole of the need to take trips to warm, sunny places after the holidays.

I couldn't agree more. January 24 is my ex-wife's birthday.
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