Dec 252012
 

RoadKill Radio News exposes the truth behind urban legends.

Come back each week for a new weigh-in, and feel free to suggest items for us to weigh.

(HEAVY = True, Average = Partly True, and Nil = False.)

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On the Scale: An Eclipse can blind you.

Every time a solar eclipse becomes visible somewhere on earth, warnings flare up that looking at an eclipse causes blindness.

Veracity Weight: Average. While looking at the sun – even while it is partially blocked by the moon as with a solar eclipse – may cause damage to your eye, cases of permanent blindness are extremely rare. HOWEVER, the longer you look directly at the sun, the more possible it becomes for you to develop damage to your retina called solar retinopathy. The damage could manifest itself as blurred vision, spots, or after-images, and could last hours or even years. But total blindness is not likely. Use caution and common sense when viewing an eclipse, using welder’s glass, customized sun filters, or the pinhole method (pictured).

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