Have you bought into the Solar Eclipse hype yet? Just like Y2K there are some dooms day and health myths we need to address to avoid that whole War of the Worlds hysteria.
No, I'm not expert but I did some reading out of curiosity. I wanted to know did I really need to buy those glasses or is this a money making scheme. That question has a yes and no answer.
The only time you can look at the sun with your naked eye is A) if you're in the path of totality, where the sun will be completely covered by the moon, and B) during those two minutes or less when the sun is completely covered.
During those brief and geographically constrained moments, the brightness of the sun is reduced to that of a full moon, which can be viewed safely without anything over your eyes.
Otherwise, any glimpse of the sun's brightness is not only uncomfortable, it's dangerous. -CNN
There's a ton of other information you need to know if you wish to partake so check this article
Now if you're into fokelore and myths read this.