or centuries, man has been fascinated by the mysteries of our solar system. Where does it end? How did it begin? What is that flashing, flying thing that just abducted my cousin Jeb?
Aside from just the ocean's tides, depression, and even hormones can be connected to what is happening with our moon and sun.
This week's eclipse has unearthed a ton of superstitions about what can happen after viewing a solar eclipse, and what already has.
We've all heard that staring at an eclipse without proper eyewear can cause you to go blind. Turns out there is actually some truth to that.
The intensity and brightness of the sun is pretty terrible for your eyes. You shouldn’t stare at it normally, but the temptation to look at it when partially-obstructed can be too much for some people to resist. This might cause them to spend more time looking at the super bright, retina-burning sun than usual. Hence, the need for protective glasses.
But that’s not the only thing that can go wrong!
According to some highly questionable old-timey beliefs, if you are a woman or child you better dare not step outside during an eclipse.
If these ancient thoughts are to be believed, when ladies or little ones went outside during an eclipse, they would get instantly transformed into mice! And we all know much much people love vermin.
So where does this crazy belief stem from?
According to space.com, this was a common myth in Mexico around the time European settlers showed up. Luckily for the men in this region, there was apparently no threat of becoming anything with whiskers and a tail.
If you were living in India, you had to eat before anything got started.
According to beliefs of yesterday, in some Indian cultures eating during the eclipse was strictly prohibited.
It was believed that any food or drink consumed during the eclipse could be bad for you, maybe even poisonous!
Luckily, eclipses only last for an hour or so, so the fasting was pretty minor.