And I thought I was well prepared for the event having purchased 'eclipse glasses' well in advance. Yesterday I received the warning (and refund) notice from Amazon informing me that the 'glasses' I purchased were not 'certified' by essentially anyone. And they were nice looking plastic frame glasses! (Awful nice of Amazon to offer the refund!) And now, of course, prices of those cheap card board ones quadrupled. But, hey, we're as close as you can get to the 'total eclipse' path, and it's a 'life time event' according to the 'hypers' on TV! So, what the heck!
Little known fact. I'm listening to the book, The World's Greatest Military Blunders, and yesterday the chapter was the Battle of Isandlwana where one whole British army suffered one of its worst defeats at the hands of several 1000 Zulus. The movie Zulu Dawn was made about this battle. At the end of the battle, there was a 65% solar eclipse which created an even more eerie effects over the battle. FYI - All of the 1500 British soldiers were massacred. NO survivors. One practice the Zulus had was to slit open the bowels of all the dead soldiers. They believed that released the souls of the valiant warriors so they could have an afterlife. I can imagine that scene with the partial eclipse. CREEPY is an understatement !
I watched 'Zulu' (1964) on the big screen. It's an awesome movie! I'm still wondering how the director(s) managed to get this movie together with that enormous amount of people involved. Battle Of The ISANDLWANA
It's going in historical order, Gallipoli is coming up . We just are finishing Tannenberg Forest 1914. (the Ruskis fock up! Outnumber the Germans >2 to 1 and they lose ! Russian general commits suicide on the battlefield.)
It was just awesome to stand in almost total darkness for a bit more than two minutes in a small town in southern Illinois about half a mile from the mighty Mississippi a little more than a quarter after one PM. The roads were packed with people from all over the US. There were folks in campers from New York, Iowa, Wisconsin, and a family from Alabama. And, of course, there were folks trying to make a quick buck: some idiot tried to sell 'approved' eclipse glasses for $24.99!! Some people rented out there drive ways (!) as a parking spaces at $10.00 a spot. Even the local WalMart in this small town charged for parking! Unbelievable.....
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