Life Imitates Cat People

I’d chalk this item in the London Daily News up to “News You Can Use,” but really, didn’t we all learn this from watching Universal horror movies as a kid?

A lion is most likely to eat you just after a full moon, research has shown.

Other predators, such as wolves, may also be at their most dangerous when the moon starts to wane.

The discovery, from an African study of 500 lion attacks, could explain the full moon’s place in folklore as a harbinger of evil or disaster, and its association with werewolves and vampires.

Scientists studied records of nearly 500 lion attacks on Tanzanian villagers between 1988 and 2009.

In more than two thirds of cases, the victims were killed and eaten. The vast majority of attacks occurred between dusk and 10pm on nights when the moon was waning and providing relatively little light.

Lions hunt most successfully when darkness allows them to surprise their prey, but on bright moonlit nights they might have to go hungry.

Another important tip: if you’re in the Sahara, and David Bowie’s theme from Cat People begins to play, you could be doomed. Take appropriate measures.