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Monday, January 23, 2012

Photo of the Week - Blue Monday

Today is Blue Monday.
Did you know it even existed? I did not.

According to Wikipedia:
Blue Monday is a name given to a date stated, as part of a publicity campaign by Sky Travel, to be the most depressing day of the year. It is considered pseudoscience.
This date was published in a press release under the name of Cliff Arnall, at the time a tutor at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, a Further Education centre attached to Cardiff University. Guardian columnist Dr. Ben Goldacre reported that the press release was delivered substantially pre-written to a number of academics by public relations agency Porter Novelli, who offered them money to put their names to it. The Guardian later printed a statement from Cardiff University distancing themselves from Arnall: "Cardiff University has asked us to point out that Cliff Arnall... was a former part-time tutor at the university but left in February."

 According to a press release by a mental health charity, the formula is:
\frac{[W + D-d] T^Q}{M N_a}
where weather=W, debt=d, time since Christmas=T, time since failing our new year’s resolutions=Q, low motivational levels=M and the feeling of a need to take action=Na. 'D' is not defined in the release, nor are units.

 Arnall says the date was calculated by using many factors, including: weather conditions, debt level (the difference between debt accumulated and our ability to pay), time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action. Writing about the calculation, Ben Goldacre stated: ... the fact is that Cliff Arnall's equations ... fail even to make mathematical sense on their own terms.

 This date allegedly falls on the Monday of the last full week of January. The date was declared by Arnall to be 24 January in 2005, 23 January in 2006, 22 January in 2007, 21 January in 2008, 19 January in 2009, 18 January in 2010. In 2011 there has been confusion about the correct date. Some claimed it was on 17 January 2011 while others say blue Monday was on 24 January 2011.




Mr Arnall also says, in a press release commissioned by Wall's ice cream, that he has calculated the happiest day of the year—in 2005, 24 June, in 2006, 23 June, in 2008, 20 June, in 2009, 19 June and in 2010, 18th June. So far, this date has fallen close to Midsummer.

Are you blue?

9 comments:

The Tablescaper said...

What a neat post! Love the table, but I really get a kick out of that equation. I think they've got something there.

- The Tablescaper

Tricia said...

Wow! I've already learned something new today, and it's only 8:21 a.m.! Thanks for this interesting post -- love the table photos -- a hint of your table this week?

Cindy said...

OMG A formula for the Blues! I love it! They are most likely correct though. Love the table pictures. Wishing you a "Happy" Monday! XO Cindy

Entertaining Women said...

Speechless...love the blue table elements though. Well of course he had to pay people to sign on to the validity of his equation...Bwahahaha. Cherry Kay

Meredith said...

Beautiful tables. I love the Chintz plates with the yellow. Very very pretty. The rustic rattan chargers always make blue and white pop!

On Crooked Creek said...

Marlis,
How could one be BLUE after viewing this gorgeous post? Your BLUE is gorgeous! Never knew Blue Monday exsisted...we learn something new everyday!
Fondly,
Pat

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How intresting!....so it only gets better from today on? I'm all for that! I LOVE that the happiest day is so close to my Birthday (June 27) ....no matter the age, celebrating another year always makes me happy! Thanks for your always kind visits.

Danielle said...

Hi Marlis,
Love your placesettings! Blue and yellow is my favorite combination. Love the lemons on the table too. Beautiful touch. Looking forward to June 18th : )

Danielle

Tanya@takesix said...

So pretty, Marlis. I love blue and yellow. They are a wonderful "pick me up"!!

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