April 15 – tax day in America – also heralded a rare astrological event that some feel has prophetic significance.
That day brought us the first of four dark red 'blood moons' or lunar eclipses, each followed by six full moons. Called the 'Tetrad,' the event will finish on Sept. 28 2015.
The incredible alignment has only happened a handful of times in the past 2,000 years. Some Christians say this lunar Tetrad is especially significant because each of those eclipses falls on an important Jewish holiday, Passover or Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles).
Skeptics can point to other prophecies and predictions from our recent past that failed, including Y2K and more recently, the gloomy Mayan calendar predictions surrounding Dec. 21, 2012.
Some do believe that the full moon influences behavior and try to link insane events to the phases of the moon. This has led to many myths and legends through the centuries. The words "lunacy" and "lunatic" are in fact derived from the same Latin root word "lunar."
Some strange behavior around Pennsylvania in recent days may support the moon-lunacy theory. In the Philadelphia suburb of Upper Darby last week, police say Cordell Kelly, 19, attacked a 30-year-old woman for her Coach purse.
During the assault, Kelly dropped his keys which were on a key chain with his address on it. Investigators later found the key chain at the scene and police decided to stake out the scene.
Sure enough, Kelly returned to the scene to search for his lost keys and was quickly arrested. The stolen purse was reportedly found during a search of Kelly's home.
Also last weekend, Pittsburgh police say a man threw hard-boiled eggs at his girlfriend during an Easter egg decorating party. Police responded to a fight call to find the woman with a red and swollen right eye.
She told police Aaron Goempel threw the eggs after she accused him of cheating on her. He yelled racist obscenities at one officer and kicked another in the groin. He was arrested on simple and aggravated assault charges.
Attacking a woman for her Coach bag or throwing Easter eggs in a domestic fight may not be big deals but they are bizarre news makers. Since we are now in the astronomical Tetrad period, that lunar-lunacy connection theory might hold some truth.
By Jim Zbick