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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

A bright time of the year in Cardiff

In January, Dr Cliff Arnall, a psychologist at Cardiff University, came to our attention - "Miserable day, Miserable research". Arnall's thesis: January 24th is the most miserable day of the year. Some felt it lacked the elegance of Newton's laws of motion but there was a formula underpinning it so we felt it better not to raise awkward questions.

Now Arnall has surpassed himself with his second thesis: May 18th is the best day of the year for making resolutions.

There it is. Truly 2005 is an annus mirabilis for Cliff Arnall. He must feel like Einstein in 1905 when, in the same year, he published his revolutionary papers on special relativity, the photoelectric effect and Brownian motion.

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