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2017-08-16 09:50:03 AM  
I bet it because they think Jesus is angry with them and he is taking away the sun.
 
2017-08-16 10:07:52 AM  

UberDave: I bet it because they think Jesus is angry with them and he is taking away the sun.


I figured it was because watching the eclipse would undermine the Truth of the geocentric universe that is portrayed un the Bible.

Best to look down until it is over, like Jesus intended.
 
2017-08-16 10:13:31 AM  
Let's deprive kids of maybe a once in a lifetime thing for them, something scientific, because science is bad and Jesus wouldn't like them learning that stuff. During the time spent indoors with the blinds drawn they will instead be learning the Bible. Yeeeeeeeee-ha!

/it's Alabama, even its residents have given up trying to fix it.
 
Ant
2017-08-16 10:41:44 AM  
They're already back to school? I'd keep my kid home that day.
 
2017-08-16 10:52:49 AM  

Ant: They're already back to school?


On August 21st? Yeah, I think nearly every southern school system (with some exceptions I'm sure) is back by then. Schools in Atlanta, for example, went back on Monday, July 31st.

The "after Labor Day" start is largely a northern tradition as far as I know, and I assume that's due to a historical lack of A/C.
 
2017-08-16 10:57:17 AM  
Our local schools started yesterday, and permission slips for eclipse related activities came home last night.  School is providing viewing glasses to all students and using the opportunity to discuss various scientific topics appropriate to each grade level.
 
2017-08-16 10:58:18 AM  
I was in 8th grade the last time that we had a substantial eclipse and it was at its peak during the hour I had gym class.  My school made sure that we knew not to look directly at the sun, we were more interested in seeing that it was dark in the middle of the day.  They teacher was pissed that a bunch of us ran out the doors to check it out and after making us come back in he chained the doors shut.  He was one of those meathead gym teachers that couldn't answer how playing basketball (again) was more important than participating in possibly a once in a lifetime event.  The next class was English where the teacher who was usually an uptight jerk actually had a welder friend come in with a helmet and visor rated correctly so we could actually look at the sun.  I have to admit that even though it was almost over at that point, seeing the sun looking like a partial moon was pretty cool.
 
2017-08-16 11:00:27 AM  

dukeblue219: The "after Labor Day" start is largely a northern tradition as far as I know, and I assume that's due to a historical lack of A/C.


I assumed it was a later harvest season.
 
2017-08-16 11:03:49 AM  
While I enjoy the bible-bashing as much as the next guy, let's put the blame where it belongs: lawyers.

Kids are stupid, one or more will still watch it through the window and fry their eyes. Parents will sue and win. Madison City has the right idea, close the school early. If little Johnny bakes his retinas at home, not their problem.
 
2017-08-16 11:04:20 AM  
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2017-08-16 11:04:46 AM  
It's Alabama. They have spent years just trying to teach the students not to stare at the sun.
 
2017-08-16 11:07:49 AM  
Science says you will go blind, but that's just another myth like global warming and evolution.
 
2017-08-16 11:08:19 AM  

dukeblue219: The "after Labor Day" start is largely a northern tradition as far as I know, and I assume that's due to a historical lack of A/C.


It's mostly because white people had to work the harvest in the North.
 
2017-08-16 11:13:25 AM  
During the 90's eclipse my high school had the cafeteria provide refreshments as the entire student body participated in learning exercises outside around the campus.  Everyone was provided with a piece of #14 glass to witness the extraordinary event.

Way to go dullards!
 
2017-08-16 11:14:01 AM  

UberDave: I bet it because they think Jesus is angry with them and he is taking away the sun.


Or more likely the nanny state thinks no risk should ever be undertaken because The Children.
 
2017-08-16 11:14:49 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: It's Alabama. They have spent years just trying to teach the students not to stare at the sun.


But 'Bama, that's where the fun is!
 
2017-08-16 11:16:18 AM  

UberDave: I bet it because they think Jesus is angry with them and he is taking away the sun.


GET BACK, CHILDREN, IT'S YAHWEH'S STARFISH!
 
2017-08-16 11:21:48 AM  
My Child will not be coming to school today.
They will stay at home to learn something,
Signed: Parent.
 
2017-08-16 11:27:59 AM  

Walker: Let's deprive kids of maybe a once in a lifetime thing for them, something scientific, because science is bad and Jesus wouldn't like them learning that stuff. During the time spent indoors with the blinds drawn they will instead be learning the Bible. Yeeeeeeeee-ha!

/it's Alabama, even its residents have given up trying to fix it.


There's another total eclipse on April 8, 2024.
The track goes from Texas to Maine.
 
2017-08-16 11:30:27 AM  
My school starts tomorrow and they are going by not enough time to train the kids to be safe.  They will stay inside, get taught the science, and live stream the event.  If you pull the kid it will be an excused absence. I had requested the day off the first chance I had this year.  To heck with this partial, we are going down to the totality.
 
2017-08-16 11:33:56 AM  

dukeblue219: Ant: They're already back to school?

On August 21st? Yeah, I think nearly every southern school system (with some exceptions I'm sure) is back by then. Schools in Atlanta, for example, went back on Monday, July 31st.

The "after Labor Day" start is largely a northern tradition as far as I know, and I assume that's due to a historical lack of A/C.


WelldeadLink: I assumed it was a later harvest season.


In Michigan, it's about tourism.
 
2017-08-16 11:42:09 AM  
My kids started school this week.

When we told the teachers we were pulling them out to drive to a prime spot to view the eclipse (glendo) for Monday,  EVERY single teacher / admin expressed jealousy and were excited for my kids.

Will be a fun time.
 
2017-08-16 11:43:02 AM  
Subby sound like someone who hasn't tried to make sure 35-40 children aren't going to damage their retinas.
 
2017-08-16 11:45:42 AM  
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2017-08-16 11:49:36 AM  
Nobody referenced this? FARK, I am dissapoint.
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Well, it's kinda relevant!
 
2017-08-16 11:50:39 AM  

give me doughnuts: Walker: Let's deprive kids of maybe a once in a lifetime thing for them, something scientific, because science is bad and Jesus wouldn't like them learning that stuff. During the time spent indoors with the blinds drawn they will instead be learning the Bible. Yeeeeeeeee-ha!

/it's Alabama, even its residents have given up trying to fix it.

There's another total eclipse on April 8, 2024.
The track goes from Texas to Maine.


Just checked and it looks to be more awesome than this eclipse as I live in the path of totality. Just seeing a full solar eclipse in my lifetime will be sight to behold.
 
2017-08-16 11:54:51 AM  
I wonder how Huntsville will handle this.
 
2017-08-16 11:59:32 AM  
Kids go back tomorrow and we had the meet the teacher night last night.   The gave out permission/lunch slips since they plan to have lunch outside to view it.  It is about 85% totality here so it should be rather impressive.
 
2017-08-16 12:10:03 PM  
My kids school ordered a bunch of glasses, but it and they got shafted and will have to watch it on TV now. Sure it sucks but at least they'll be able to see if
 
2017-08-16 12:11:34 PM  

Ant: They're already back to school? I'd keep my kid home that day.


It's the first day of school for my daughter.

Well, it's the day my daughter is supposed to go back to school. She'll be a day late. The school sent out an email last week, actually, reminding everyone that they'd taken a vote, and the parents had voted to start that day, rather than a day later. I don't remember getting this email... Anyway, at least her school will be having an event for watching the eclipse, but it's undoubtedly going to consist of about 15 minutes outside, with a "Here are your eclipse glasses, now look at the eclipse" type of event. University of Utah, OTOH, is opening up the rare books section of the library to view old astronomy books, and has a full morning planned. I also plan to show her the effect of little mini-eclipses scattered across the ground under trees, have a countdown with her, explain the eclipse, the rarity of this, and everything else that I can. My daughter's school is undoubtedly going to do their best, but they'll have 400 kids to manage. I'll have one. Three if her two friends come. They don't start school until Wednesday, so they won't be missing school.

But yeah, my daughter is staying home. Unfortunately I just don't have the money to travel up to Idaho for full totality. It's only 3 hours' drive, but the gas, the food, and any fee for a place to watch it from are just too much. Hell, back in April, the last room in Idaho Falls was a La Quinta Inn room for $970/night...
 
2017-08-16 12:14:15 PM  

GanjSmokr: [img.fark.net image 844x960]


LOL, I can't decide if the "Don't buy any weird plants" part or the "Total eclipse of the heart" reference is my favorite. That was awesome!
 
2017-08-16 12:16:11 PM  

Uncontrolled_Jibe: Subby sound like someone who hasn't tried to make sure 35-40 children aren't going to damage their retinas.


You sound like someone who hasn't been around a school who can plan for stuff like this, like education and getting eclipse glasses donated. My daughter's school isn't run by morons, so they are letting kids not only go outside during the evil time, they're actually taking them out specifically FOR the eclipse.
 
2017-08-16 12:18:25 PM  
Okay, they may have a point:
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2017-08-16 12:22:48 PM  

Ant: They're already back to school? I'd keep my kid home that day.


Our schools start two days after.  But, if it was a school day, I'd keep my daughter home so she could watch it.
 
2017-08-16 12:26:11 PM  
I wish I was in one of those schools so I could play hooky.
 
2017-08-16 12:26:25 PM  

Mikey1969: GanjSmokr: [img.fark.net image 844x960]

LOL, I can't decide if the "Don't buy any weird plants" part or the "Total eclipse of the heart" reference is my favorite. That was awesome!


Dave Barry did a Q&A, here's one:

Q. Will the eclipse cause any unusual phenomena to occur?
A. Yes. Scientists tell us that during the eclipse UPS trucks will appear to be green, microwave ovens will actually make food colder, and any Starbucks beverage with a name ending in "ino" will spontaneously explode. Also all of the television sets on Earth, even those that are turned off, will simultaneously show the same "My Pillow" commercial. In the natural world, birds will migrate up and down instead of horizontally. Whales will suddenly question whether they really like plankton, or just eat it because it's available. Certain breeds of dog may develop a primitive sense of sarcasm. Also herds of cattle have been known to spontaneously re-enact the rumble scene from "West Side Story." All of these phenomena are perfectly normal and nothing to be concerned about, according to top eclipse scientists, who incidentally will be spending Aug. 21 in a mountain bunker in Peru.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/dave-barry/article​167175947.html?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link&ICI​D=ref_fark#storylink=cpy
 
2017-08-16 12:27:27 PM  
"Hey, the school is on fire"
"Stay inside, there's an eclipse"
 
2017-08-16 12:30:16 PM  

aungen: I wonder how Huntsville will handle this.


Madison City School system is dismissing early for the day.

Huntsville City School system is staying in session, allowing children to view outside, provided they have their own ISO approved viewing device and a signed permission slip from a parent.

The City of Huntsville is airing a live TV broadcast on the cable access channel, so the children who are staying inside will view that program. The school system is also allowing excused absences for the day if you decide to have your own science field trip with your family.

The whole 5th grade science curriculum (including lab time) in my son's elementary school has been arranged around the eclipse. They are definitely seizing the learning opportunity.
 
2017-08-16 12:31:08 PM  

Uncontrolled_Jibe: Subby sound like someone who hasn't tried to make sure 35-40 children aren't going to damage their retinas.


I think that number is a little high for the total amount of students in the Alabama school system
 
2017-08-16 12:32:23 PM  

gunsmack: While I enjoy the bible-bashing as much as the next guy, let's put the blame where it belongs: lawyers.

Kids are stupid, one or more will still watch it through the window and fry their eyes. Parents will sue and win. Madison City has the right idea, close the school early. If little Johnny bakes his retinas at home, not their problem.


Exactly.  This isn't about suppressing science, this is about idiots not using eclipse glasses.
 
2017-08-16 12:36:48 PM  

Walker: Let's deprive kids of maybe a once in a lifetime thing for them, something scientific, because science is bad and Jesus wouldn't like them learning that stuff. During the time spent indoors with the blinds drawn they will instead be learning the Bible. Yeeeeeeeee-ha!

/it's Alabama, even its residents have given up trying to fix it.


Wtf are you talking about?  When you were a kid, did your teachers let you go outside and look at the eclipse?

Of course they didn't.  Because going blind is a bad idea.
 
2017-08-16 12:37:19 PM  

give me doughnuts: Walker: Let's deprive kids of maybe a once in a lifetime thing for them, something scientific, because science is bad and Jesus wouldn't like them learning that stuff. During the time spent indoors with the blinds drawn they will instead be learning the Bible. Yeeeeeeeee-ha!

/it's Alabama, even its residents have given up trying to fix it.

There's another total eclipse on April 8, 2024.
The track goes from Texas to Maine.


You think we'll still be around to view it in 2024? And not clouds of radioactive dust? You do know who has his finger on the nucular trigger, right?


/still trying to get our hands on real eclipse glasses
//yeah yeah wait to the last minute, etc...
 
2017-08-16 12:40:47 PM  

dukeblue219: Ant: They're already back to school?

On August 21st? Yeah, I think nearly every southern school system (with some exceptions I'm sure) is back by then. Schools in Atlanta, for example, went back on Monday, July 31st.

The "after Labor Day" start is largely a northern tradition as far as I know, and I assume that's due to a historical lack of A/C.


It makes no sense if you ask me. Running A/C costs money. Why would you want to have to run the A/C during the hottest part of the year?
 
2017-08-16 12:42:07 PM  

Uncontrolled_Jibe: Subby sound like someone who hasn't tried to make sure 35-40 children aren't going to damage their retinas.


How do they do it all the other days when the sun is unobscured?
 
2017-08-16 12:46:20 PM  

VogonPoet: Mikey1969: GanjSmokr: [img.fark.net image 844x960]

LOL, I can't decide if the "Don't buy any weird plants" part or the "Total eclipse of the heart" reference is my favorite. That was awesome!

Dave Barry did a Q&A, here's one:

Q. Will the eclipse cause any unusual phenomena to occur?
A. Yes. Scientists tell us that during the eclipse UPS trucks will appear to be green, microwave ovens will actually make food colder, and any Starbucks beverage with a name ending in "ino" will spontaneously explode. Also all of the television sets on Earth, even those that are turned off, will simultaneously show the same "My Pillow" commercial. In the natural world, birds will migrate up and down instead of horizontally. Whales will suddenly question whether they really like plankton, or just eat it because it's available. Certain breeds of dog may develop a primitive sense of sarcasm. Also herds of cattle have been known to spontaneously re-enact the rumble scene from "West Side Story." All of these phenomena are perfectly normal and nothing to be concerned about, according to top eclipse scientists, who incidentally will be spending Aug. 21 in a mountain bunker in Peru.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/dave-barry/article​167175947.html?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link&ICI​D=ref_fark#storylink=cpy


That dude cracks my shiat up... Thanks for that!
 
2017-08-16 12:46:36 PM  

Dansker: Uncontrolled_Jibe: Subby sound like someone who hasn't tried to make sure 35-40 children aren't going to damage their retinas.

How do they do it all the other days when the sun is unobscured?


Tunnels... Lots and lots of tunnels.
 
2017-08-16 12:47:02 PM  

saphrophyte: aungen: I wonder how Huntsville will handle this.

Madison City School system is dismissing early for the day.

Huntsville City School system is staying in session, allowing children to view outside, provided they have their own ISO approved viewing device and a signed permission slip from a parent.

The City of Huntsville is airing a live TV broadcast on the cable access channel, so the children who are staying inside will view that program. The school system is also allowing excused absences for the day if you decide to have your own science field trip with your family.

The whole 5th grade science curriculum (including lab time) in my son's elementary school has been arranged around the eclipse. They are definitely seizing the learning opportunity.


Thank you!

I have nieces and nephews in HSV (one of them just entered 4th grade).  Whenever the DUHHH of Alabama gets too high, I have to mention Huntsville.
 
2017-08-16 12:50:25 PM  
Kiddo and I are headed south to get totality that day. One of the great things about homeschooling is we get to go do things whenever we want. As a bonus it still counts as an instructional day.

/ id have pulled her out that day if she was in PS
 
2017-08-16 12:52:37 PM  

LibertyHiller: dukeblue219: Ant: They're already back to school?

On August 21st? Yeah, I think nearly every southern school system (with some exceptions I'm sure) is back by then. Schools in Atlanta, for example, went back on Monday, July 31st.

The "after Labor Day" start is largely a northern tradition as far as I know, and I assume that's due to a historical lack of A/C.

WelldeadLink: I assumed it was a later harvest season.

In Michigan, it's about tourism.


Which is funny to me because that bonus week of summer vacation I'm using to go to Cedar Point with the kids for the week since Michigan schools aren't in yet but Ohio schools are.
 
2017-08-16 12:53:40 PM  
Q. What causes a total eclipse to happen?
A. The best way to understand it is to imagine that the Earth is a cantaloupe, and the moon is a grape. The grape travels in a circular path (technically called a "trajectory") around the cantaloupe, while at the same time the cantaloupe travels around a flaming basketball representing the sun. Once in a great while, the grape reaches a certain point (the "hypotenuse") that causes it to cast an unusually harsh shadow (the "penumbra") and the resulting reduction in temperature extinguishes the basketball, thus plunging the cantaloupe into total darkness.
 
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