Recently, my community newsletter printed a small sidebar article offering advice to gardeners on how to use the phases of the moon to their advantage when planting their gardens during the coming month. The article stated how different phases of the moon exhibit different gravitational effects on plants, and offered planting and fertilizing tips to take advantage of this.
The lovely and talented Dr. Wife™ spotted it first and brought it to my attention saying something like “this sounds like bunk, but you’re the space nerd. Does this make any sense?”
No. No it did not.
I hiked my pants up to my rib cage, told the neighbour kids to stay off my lawn, and sat down to write a sternly worded letter to the editor to correct these scientific inaccuracies.
“Dear Sir,” I began, “I am not a crank…”