The custom of naming the full moon of each month is supposed to originate with the various Algonquin tribes that lived in the northern and eastern United States.
The full moon of January is called the Wolf Moon. According to the Capital Weather Gang (the only part of the WaPo that remains truly and consistently valuable), 'it got its name due to the gathering of hungry wolves around Indian villages in the mid-winter cold and snows.'
Is any of that verifiable? I have no idea, but it makes a good story.
So let's celebrate the Wolf Moon and Friday with Walter 'Wolfman' Washington: