Installing blue streetlights resulted in …

blue_streetlight_smallInstalling blue streetlights resulted in a 9% decrease in crime in Nara, Japan. It also put an end to suicides at Keihin Railway’s Gumyoji Station after the railway installed blue lights on the ends of platforms. Professor Tsuneo Suzuki at Keio University said: “There are a number of pieces of data to prove blue has a calming effect upon people. However, it’s an unusual color for lighting, so people may just feel like avoiding standing out by committing crimes or suicide under such unusual illumination.

The Quebec Daily Telegraph reported on J …

The Quebec Daily Telegraph reported on Jan 18, 1890 that “a well-to-do farmer named Campbell Hanna, threw himself into the Maitland River running through his farm and was drowned before assistance arrived. Three of the neighbor’s witnessed the act and rushed to assist him, but the river being very much swollen they were unable to do anything. One of these men had a narrow escape from drowning. A weird coincidence in connection with this is that the previous owner of Hanna’s farm, named McCourt, drowned himself in the same spot and in the same manner some years ago. No cause can be assigned for the act”.

In Japan, if you commit suicide by jumpi …

In Japan, if you commit suicide by jumping in front of a Train, Rail Companies charge your family a fee. Japan Rail, in fact, routinely charges families of suicide victims more than US $2 million, a financially devastating sum of money for most; although it is unclear whether any families can actually pay such a high bill. The purpose is to reinforce how the suicide victim should not have created a burden for others and to reinforce the legitimacy of the shared cultural space of the commute.

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