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Weird Things That Happen During An Eclipse by Originakalokalo: 8:59pm On Nov 01, 2013
Animals’ body-clocks get all messed up
During major solar eclipses, birds and insects will often lapse into an eerie silence. Those that generally sleep at night will actually begin to get ready for a nap, while nocturnal animals begin to wake up and move around.

Since the darkest part of an eclipse doesn’t last too long, the daytime animals wake up as soon as it’s over and the nocturnal animals try to go back to sleep. They’re all very confused – especially as the earth becomes colder and winds start to rise. But some will take it in their stride and sit and enjoy the spectacle.


Rows of shadows move rapidly across the ground in an eclipse
“Shadow bands” are an effect of major solar eclipses. If you ever see them, you won’t forget them. They look like clear, dark grey strips of paper lined up row after row, with about the same amount of open space between the strips as they are wide.

When the event starts, they seem to be simply lying on the ground. And as the moon makes its way across the sun, the bands seem to move quickly towards you over the ground. Naturally, this freaks people out.


No Sex
Medieval folk believed that sex during an eclipse would result in ugly demon-filled children
Europeans in the Middle Ages thought that you should never get it on during a lunar eclipse, because any “moon children” would be born with ugly demons inside them. Then you’d have to pay for their food and shelter, when all they’re going to be good for is being burned at the stake.

A modern superstition also has it that a pregnant woman shouldn’t touch her belly during a lunar eclipse. Doing so will cause the baby to be born with a birthmark - the size of which depends on the force of the touch.


Birth Defects
Some Latin Americans believe red panties and a safety pin will prevent birth defects

Talking of birth, the Indians seem to take the cake on this one: one newspaper recently told pregnant women not to go out during the eclipse, to stop them giving birth to a blind baby or one with a cleft lip. One woman laments:

“I did not take any precautions when I was pregnant during a lunar eclipse. I cut an apple even though I had been warned not to touch any sharp objects; My son was born with a missing finger.”

Not to be outdone, some pregnant women in Mexico and other Latin American countries still wear bright red panties with a safety pin stuck through them during solar eclipses – a practice that stems from ancient Mayan and Aztec beliefs. But instead of panties and a safety pin, the ancients used red string and an arrowhead.


Columbus Tricks the Jamaicans
Columbus tricked native chiefs into giving him food by predicting an eclipse

In early 1504, Christopher Columbus was stranded for months on the island of Jamaica. He’d turned the natives against him by being nasty and rude, so they refused to help him out with food supplies.

Columbus was more than a little hungry, so he thought of a ruse that would impress the locals. After using his tools to work out that a lunar eclipse would soon occur, he told the native chiefs that unless they gave him what he needed, he’d darken the moon. The chiefs refused – and of course, the moon went dark right on cue. The natives freaked out, and gave cunning Columbus all the choice cuts until he was rescued.


Eskimo Disease
Eskimos turn their utensils upside-down during an eclipse

If you live in the cold north, take note: disease is meant to strike the Eskimo people whenever the women forget to place their utensils upside-down during an eclipse.

Next time you’re snowed under in your igloo during an eclipse, chowing down on fresh fish steaks – don’t forget to turn your spoons, forks and knives upside-down. This a sure way to stop the sick sun and moon from poisoning you by shining their rays onto your cutlery. Best to hide chopsticks to avoid confusion.


Tin Pots in Thailand
Thai people bang pots and set of fireworks to scare away spirits

Many in Thailand think that an eclipse is a sign of the end of the world. In old times, it was thought that an evil spirit was to blame for the sun’s “going away” – so people would bang pots and set off fireworks to scare away the spirit and bring back the sun.


Golden Showers in India
Some Indians wash their eyes out with urine

India is a great country when it comes to eclipse beliefs: some think that you shouldn’t sleep with wet hair, or it might turn you into a lunatic (a word which has the same Latin stem as lunar – still more proof that the so-called lunar effect has been around for a long time).

Some also think that you should take a bath before and after the eclipse, to wash away any evil spirits. And – get this – that you should wash your eyes out with urine, to stop your eyes from ever hurting again.


Eclipse Hunting
830 people chartered a ship to chase an eclipse

If you see an eclipse once, you’ll want to see it again.

Marcy Sigler knows the feeling. In 1972, she chartered a ship from New York to the waters off Nova Scotia, with no less then 830 people on board – just to see an eclipse.

Two days later, at 3:47 p.m., the travelers saw a total eclipse in perfect weather. Crowded on the decks, the eclipse-hunters saw the black shadow of the moon coming towards them — a black shape, something like a tornado, changed the color of the sea to a deep purple as the moon flew across the sun.


Shadow Lovers
Eclipse-chasers are called umbraphiles: “shadow lovers”

People who chase eclipses seem to have a weird addiction to them that is hard to explain. There’s even a word for it: the addicts are called umbraphiles, or “shadow lovers”.

Once every 16 months or so, this bunch of eccentrics will drop whatever they’re doing and hitchhike, drive, sail, and ride camels to the middle of nowhere – all to see “the shadow”.

Every time there’s a major eclipse, you’ll see the same people that you saw last time.

http://listverse.com/2013/01/08/10-weird-things-that-happen-during-an-eclipse/

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Re: Weird Things That Happen During An Eclipse by sylvar02(m): 9:03pm On Nov 01, 2013
No looking up to the sky! Except through water! Lolz

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Re: Weird Things That Happen During An Eclipse by Adrenaline123(m): 9:17pm On Nov 01, 2013
No playing of music
Re: Weird Things That Happen During An Eclipse by Tuntheycr7: 10:34pm On Nov 01, 2013
grin grin grin grin
Re: Weird Things That Happen During An Eclipse by enomasly: 11:20pm On Nov 01, 2013
Started from d bottom now we up....*cool write up*
Re: Weird Things That Happen During An Eclipse by amakufrancis(m): 10:00am On Nov 03, 2013
no se#?.



oh no not dez time
Re: Weird Things That Happen During An Eclipse by dani1luv: 10:01am On Nov 03, 2013
In Nigeria, its an opportunity for the experienced thieves to raid undecided

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Re: Weird Things That Happen During An Eclipse by holyjossy01: 10:02am On Nov 03, 2013
In my own superstituous belief, Any of your boy/girl friend (dat you really LOVE) you spent the eclipse together with, will be the one your destiny is compatible with.

Abeg make una no bury me o grin

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Re: Weird Things That Happen During An Eclipse by Nobody: 10:02am On Nov 03, 2013
Frivolous!
Re: Weird Things That Happen During An Eclipse by slap1(m): 10:03am On Nov 03, 2013
All these posts about eclipse have eclipsed the front page.

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Re: Weird Things That Happen During An Eclipse by eluquenson(m): 10:03am On Nov 03, 2013
Na wao undecided
Re: Weird Things That Happen During An Eclipse by GSKing: 10:04am On Nov 03, 2013
6 topics in a row on front page for just one solar eclipse shocked

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Re: Weird Things That Happen During An Eclipse by AbuMikey(m): 10:04am On Nov 03, 2013



Thumbs up OP, nice write-up!


Re: Weird Things That Happen During An Eclipse by 2sureguy1(m): 10:05am On Nov 03, 2013
End of tym finz......Christ comin lyk a thief in d nyt.

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Re: Weird Things That Happen During An Eclipse by Neckson: 10:05am On Nov 03, 2013
Hmmm
Re: Weird Things That Happen During An Eclipse by iterator25: 10:05am On Nov 03, 2013
Originakalokalo: Animals’ body-clocks get all messed up
During major solar eclipses, birds and insects will often lapse into an eerie silence. Those that generally sleep at night will actually begin to get ready for a nap, while nocturnal animals begin to wake up and move around.

Since the darkest part of an eclipse doesn’t last too long, the daytime animals wake up as soon as it’s over and the nocturnal animals try to go back to sleep. They’re all very confused – especially as the earth becomes colder and winds start to rise. But some will take it in their stride and sit and enjoy the spectacle.


Rows of shadows move rapidly across the ground in an eclipse
“Shadow bands” are an effect of major solar eclipses. If you ever see them, you won’t forget them. They look like clear, dark grey strips of paper lined up row after row, with about the same amount of open space between the strips as they are wide.

When the event starts, they seem to be simply lying on the ground. And as the moon makes its way across the sun, the bands seem to move quickly towards you over the ground. Naturally, this freaks people out.


No Sex
Medieval folk believed that sex during an eclipse would result in ugly demon-filled children
Europeans in the Middle Ages thought that you should never get it on during a lunar eclipse, because any “moon children” would be born with ugly demons inside them. Then you’d have to pay for their food and shelter, when all they’re going to be good for is being burned at the stake.

A modern superstition also has it that a pregnant woman shouldn’t touch her belly during a lunar eclipse. Doing so will cause the baby to be born with a birthmark - the size of which depends on the force of the touch.


Birth Defects
Some Latin Americans believe red panties and a safety pin will prevent birth defects

Talking of birth, the Indians seem to take the cake on this one: one newspaper recently told pregnant women not to go out during the eclipse, to stop them giving birth to a blind baby or one with a cleft lip. One woman laments:

“I did not take any precautions when I was pregnant during a lunar eclipse. I cut an apple even though I had been warned not to touch any sharp objects; My son was born with a missing finger.”

Not to be outdone, some pregnant women in Mexico and other Latin American countries still wear bright red panties with a safety pin stuck through them during solar eclipses – a practice that stems from ancient Mayan and Aztec beliefs. But instead of panties and a safety pin, the ancients used red string and an arrowhead.


Columbus Tricks the Jamaicans
Columbus tricked native chiefs into giving him food by predicting an eclipse

In early 1504, Christopher Columbus was stranded for months on the island of Jamaica. He’d turned the natives against him by being nasty and rude, so they refused to help him out with food supplies.

Columbus was more than a little hungry, so he thought of a ruse that would impress the locals. After using his tools to work out that a lunar eclipse would soon occur, he told the native chiefs that unless they gave him what he needed, he’d darken the moon. The chiefs refused – and of course, the moon went dark right on cue. The natives freaked out, and gave cunning Columbus all the choice cuts until he was rescued.


Eskimo Disease
Eskimos turn their utensils upside-down during an eclipse

If you live in the cold north, take note: disease is meant to strike the Eskimo people whenever the women forget to place their utensils upside-down during an eclipse.

Next time you’re snowed under in your igloo during an eclipse, chowing down on fresh fish steaks – don’t forget to turn your spoons, forks and knives upside-down. This a sure way to stop the sick sun and moon from poisoning you by shining their rays onto your cutlery. Best to hide chopsticks to avoid confusion.


Tin Pots in Thailand
Thai people bang pots and set of fireworks to scare away spirits

Many in Thailand think that an eclipse is a sign of the end of the world. In old times, it was thought that an evil spirit was to blame for the sun’s “going away” – so people would bang pots and set off fireworks to scare away the spirit and bring back the sun.


Golden Showers in India
Some Indians wash their eyes out with urine

India is a great country when it comes to eclipse beliefs: some think that you shouldn’t sleep with wet hair, or it might turn you into a lunatic (a word which has the same Latin stem as lunar – still more proof that the so-called lunar effect has been around for a long time).

Some also think that you should take a bath before and after the eclipse, to wash away any evil spirits. And – get this – that you should wash your eyes out with urine, to stop your eyes from ever hurting again.


Eclipse Hunting
830 people chartered a ship to chase an eclipse

If you see an eclipse once, you’ll want to see it again.

Marcy Sigler knows the feeling. In 1972, she chartered a ship from New York to the waters off Nova Scotia, with no less then 830 people on board – just to see an eclipse.

Two days later, at 3:47 p.m., the travelers saw a total eclipse in perfect weather. Crowded on the decks, the eclipse-hunters saw the black shadow of the moon coming towards them — a black shape, something like a tornado, changed the color of the sea to a deep purple as the moon flew across the sun.


Shadow Lovers
Eclipse-chasers are called umbraphiles: “shadow lovers”

People who chase eclipses seem to have a weird addiction to them that is hard to explain. There’s even a word for it: the addicts are called umbraphiles, or “shadow lovers”.

Once every 16 months or so, this bunch of eccentrics will drop whatever they’re doing and hitchhike, drive, sail, and ride camels to the middle of nowhere – all to see “the shadow”.

Every time there’s a major eclipse, you’ll see the same people that you saw last time.

http://listverse.com/2013/01/08/10-weird-things-that-happen-during-an-eclipse/
me I will have sex o

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Re: Weird Things That Happen During An Eclipse by bizfirst(m): 10:06am On Nov 03, 2013
Knowledge is really power! We know now that most of what's chronicled here is 'sweet superstition'. Good reading anyway.
Re: Weird Things That Happen During An Eclipse by jonescyras(m): 10:06am On Nov 03, 2013
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Re: Weird Things That Happen During An Eclipse by daviide: 10:06am On Nov 03, 2013
No eating also ..if you eat the food may not digest becuz the rayz are demonic grin grin #OYO
Re: Weird Things That Happen During An Eclipse by pelhurmy(m): 10:07am On Nov 03, 2013
nice write up.....itz bn noted by moi
Re: Weird Things That Happen During An Eclipse by Charbless(m): 10:07am On Nov 03, 2013
School Dismisses for the day.
Re: Weird Things That Happen During An Eclipse by dryakson: 10:08am On Nov 03, 2013
God go punish those scientists for making me fear this eclipse for once.
I celebrate eclipse before
Re: Weird Things That Happen During An Eclipse by Kaxmytex(m): 10:09am On Nov 03, 2013
abeg,enof of diz eclipse stuff jawe....
D tin sef don dey bore me......
MOD...,abeg,hit me wit berra topic 4 frontpage jhur
Re: Weird Things That Happen During An Eclipse by Jaideyone(m): 10:10am On Nov 03, 2013
No sex undecided im expecting someone this afternoon and im definitely humping her.

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Re: Weird Things That Happen During An Eclipse by maafen: 10:10am On Nov 03, 2013
In Nigeria Eclipse is a sign φf Amadioha's anger.
ãпԃ this one I'd happening because φf tђε̲̣̣̣̥ shabby treatment Nigerians are giving Stealler O.
Re: Weird Things That Happen During An Eclipse by esshman(m): 10:11am On Nov 03, 2013
Some idiots will start selling their properties- beleiving the world would end!

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Re: Weird Things That Happen During An Eclipse by rapcy(m): 10:11am On Nov 03, 2013
Lolz... #beleives... grin

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