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When I was in college, I had the privilege of witnessing a total solar eclipse. We didn’t have solar glasses, so we had to view it through a box with a pin hole. Last summer, I experienced it again, but this time special glasses were available. It was a truly awesome experience.

Stephen (lab coat) and his coworkers watching the solar eclipse in their goofy glasses

This past week, there was a lunar eclipse of a blue super moon. When there’s a second full moon in a month, it’s called a blue moon. A super moon is when the moon is closest to earth causing it to appear larger; it has nothing to do with the Super Bowl. Considering the special glasses we had to wear last summer for the solar eclipse, I searched on line for lunar eclipse glasses but couldn’t find any – so I made some. Here’s a shot of Stephen watching the eclipse.

Stephen wearing his special lunar eclipse glasses

You’ll note there isn’t any glass in the lenses because superstition states that if you look at a blue moon through glass, you’ll have 30 days of bad luck. I’m sure that bad luck must be multiplied if you add in the super moon and the eclipse.

I suspect the glasses didn’t have any effect on Stephen’s viewing experience. In fact, they’re so useless I’m planning to patent and sell them online. Advance orders taken here!

May the farce be with you!

Your IFF,



Solar Eclipse Survival Guide

On August 21 a giant invisible serpent will slowly devour and regurgitate the sun.

The air will become electric and animals will howl, including those with fur and four legs.

During the brief moments of this wondrous event, horrors of untold magnitude will unfold. Although I know nothing about these abominations (because they are untold), that won’t stop me from providing information needed to survive these monstrosities, while still enjoying the eclipse.

It’s common during a solar eclipse for large groups of people to gather. Because everyone’s attention is turned to the sky, the most obvious dangers will come from the ground. To ensure your survival, you will need to bring the following items:

  • garlic
  • wooden stake
  • silver forks (not stainless steel)
  • tin foil hat
  • head phones or ear plugs

The most prevalent threat will be vampires.

Normally limited to nighttime activities, there will be enough ultraviolet restriction during even a partial eclipse that vampires will venture out for a daytime snack. Although they are the fastest and most ubiquitous threat, they are also the easiest to guard against. Wear garlic around your neck to keep them at bay. As an added precaution, keep your wooden stake handy. Should they unexpectedly attack, simply thrust the stake through their heart.

The second menace will come from the lycanthrope family, aka werewolves.

One might normally think werewolves wouldn’t surface since solar eclipses only happen during a new moon and werewolves exist only during full moons. However, the moon’s silhouette appears full during the eclipse stimulating the lycanthropic switch. Because wolves are pack animals, your best and easiest measure of protection is to move to the center of the crowd as werewolves will attack outliers first. If they do approach, threaten them with your silver fork as a signal to choose an easier target.

Solar eclipses are beacons for alien attacks. Don a tin foil hat to prevent aliens from controlling your mind. They rarely make physical appearances during an eclipse because attention is focused on the celestial display and they don’t like to share the spotlight. You can be confident the hat will provide sufficient protection.

Finally, the most frightening threat of all – politicians.

Fortunately they will be locked out of congress during the eclipse. However, in case you see them in the crowd, have your head phones or ear plugs ready to protect yourself from their rhetoric.

By following this simple guide, you will live to tell family and friends about your experience. Additionally, you will give others something to laugh about.

Safe viewing and may the farce be with you!

Your IFF,


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