Monday, January 21, 2008


Everyone's making a big deal this year about January 21st.

Supposedly it's the most depressing day of the year.

This is according to U.K. psychologist Cliff Arnall, who specializes in seasonal disorders at the University of Cardiff, Wales. Apparently it has to do with money, weather, and failed New Year's resolutions. Arnall calculated it using 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.

Sounds like fuzzy math to me - especially when you consider that he calculated this day for a British travel firm. Apparently Brits book trips to sunny destinations when they're low, and this company wanted to figure out when to make its biggest marketing push.

If this theory were indeed based on fact - and I think it's bullocks - then it makes more sense to see the glass half full.

If today really is the most depressing day of the year - and we're just three weeks into it - then the rest of the year will be a breeze.


For my account of the hell that was January 24, 2005 - that year's worst day of the year - click here.


  1. Well, the weather certainly sux.

    Tuesday is a full moon, the full wolf moon.

    And stock markets the world over are selling off heavily.

    The US market is closed today, and it should be a bloodbath when it opens Tuesday.

    Depressing? You bet.

    Too many ridiculous wars, too many idiots at the controls, etc etc etc.

  2. I once had a meeting with the guy who came up with the "8x 8 oz. glasses of water a day" rule.

    He was PR guy working for the water cartel. No medical science involved.

  3. Woah. A person has got to be real self-absorbed for the self-pity index to spike on MLK day.

    (But I bet this year Americans delayed the especial navel-gazing for today, given the mentioned circumstances.)