For such a once in a lifetime event, it is quite unsettling and birds have been known to drop from the sky while animals on land suddenly decide to call it a day thinking the day is over. Also a lot of myths (we call them so because our present day science cannot explain them) have perpetuated around this event. http://www.ajc.com/news/national/sun-eating-demons-bizarre-but-brilliant-myths-and-superstitions-about-solar-eclipses/QTAmVLA9m1z4KVCUIeTVuI/
Of particular interest to me is why a lot of ancient cultures decided to not eat or even step outside during the time the sun was covered even partially. Also perplexing is the custom of shielding the pregnant women, to the extent of sending them inside caves during the days when people lived in thatched huts.
I would love to know more about the Indian tradition of placing Dharba grass leaves (aka DOOB) on pickles and preserves so that they do not go bad. There has been some research but it does not seem conclusive enough to me. http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/darbha-grass-a-natural-preservative/article7000098.ece
Hoping to be able to drive down south to watch this solar eclipse on August 21st.