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Watch: The solar eclipse held everyone in thrall, including Trump (without protective glasses on)

Some were awestruck, others were disturbed, and one, reckless.


For weeks, anticipation soared over the solar eclipse scheduled to take place on Monday, August 21, visible in the United States. Various festivals and events were organised to celebrate the phenomenon across cities. And when it took place, the spectators were not disappointed, having had a glimpse – ranging from a few seconds to about two minutes and 40 seconds – of the dazzling sight (video above) for the first time in nearly a century.

Surprising very few people, United States President Donald Trump was observed looking at the sun during the eclipse – without protective glasses on. His wife Melania and son Barron accompanied him in observing the eclipse from the Blue Room Balcony. At one point, onlookers called out to Trump – “don’t look” – as he pointed at the eclipse.


Bonnie Tyler’s 1980s track Total Eclipse of the Heart seemed a fitting anthem for the event – the singer even performed the song on board a cruise ship in the Caribbean during the total eclipse. Joe Jonas and his band DNCE accompanied her , which you can watch below, while the full performance can be viewed here.


Animals were affected by the eclipse, too. A video captured at the Nashville Zoo, below, shows flamingoes getting agitated and restless during the event, while another video depicts an increase in the sound levels of animals and insects in the wild.


“Catching a solar eclipse in a plane might seem like a flight of fancy, but we’re not ones to turn down a challenge. Alaska Airlines put together a team of aviators, astronomers and umbraphiles to catch ‘The Great American Eclipse’ on August 21, 2017. The result? A once-in-a-lifetime view of totality from 38,000 (feet),” said the YouTube description for the video below.

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Children's Day is not for children alone

It’s also a time for adults to revisit their childhood.

Most adults look at childhood wistfully, as a time when the biggest worry was a scraped knee, every adult was a source of chocolate and every fight lasted only till the next playtime. Since time immemorial, children seem to have nailed the art of being joyful, and adults can learn a thing or two about stress-free living from them. Now it’s that time of the year again when children are celebrated for...simply being children, and let it serve as a timely reminder for adults to board that imaginary time machine and revisit their childhood. If you’re unable to unbuckle yourself from your adult seat, here is some inspiration.

Start small, by doodling at the back page of your to-do diary as a throwback to that ancient school tradition. If you’re more confident, you could even start your own comic strip featuring people in your lives. You can caricaturise them or attribute them animal personalities for the sake of humour. Stuck in a boring meeting? Draw your boss with mouse ears or your coffee with radioactive powers. Just make sure you give your colleagues aliases.

Pull a prank, those not resulting in revenue losses of course. Prank calls, creeping up behind someone…pull them out from your memory and watch as everyone has a good laugh. Dress up a little quirky for work. It’s time you tried those colourful ties, or tastefully mismatched socks. Dress as your favourite cartoon characters someday – it’s as easy as choosing a ponytail-style, drawing a scar on your forehead or converting a bath towel into a cape. Even dinner can be full of childish fun. No, you don’t have to eat spinach if you don’t like it. Use the available cutlery and bust out your favourite tunes. Spoons and forks are good enough for any beat and for the rest, count on your voice to belt out any pitch. Better yet, stream the classic cartoons of your childhood instead of binge watching drama or news; they seem even funnier as an adult. If you prefer reading before bedtime, do a reread of your favourite childhood book(s). You’ll be surprised by their timeless wisdom.

A regular day has scope for childhood indulgences in every nook and cranny. While walking down a lane, challenge your friend to a non-stop game of hopscotch till the end of the tiled footpath. If you’re of a petite frame, insist on a ride in the trolley as you about picking items in the supermarket. Challenge your fellow gym goers and trainers to a hula hoop routine, and beat ‘em to it!

Children have an incredible ability to be completely immersed in the moment during play, and acting like one benefits adults too. Just count the moments of precious laughter you will have added to your day in the process. So, take time to indulge yourself and celebrate life with child-like abandon, as the video below shows.


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