Everyone, it's the most depressing day of the year, according to part-time tutor at Cardiff University. Now, Gothamist doesn't usually heed the advice of part-time tutors (only full-time tutors, please), but given that the Brits have stiff upper-lips and notable reserve, we do take any proof as to why we might be cranky and depressed very seriously. BBC News writes
Foul weather, debt, fading Christmas memories, failed resolutions and a lack of motivation conspire to depress, Cliff Arnalls found.
The formula for the day of misery reads 1/8W+(D-d) 3/8xTQ MxNA.
Where W is weather, D is debt - minus the money (d) due on January's pay day - and T is the time since Christmas. Q is the period since the failure to quit a bad habit, M stands for general motivational levels and NA is the need to take action and do something about it.
Gothamist loves you, British expert-in-winter-disorder-nerds! And it seems the Cliff Arnalls is a doctor of some sort, so Gothamist totally buys the story as science and will ignore that it could be a new excuse to hit the pub today.