Editor’s note: This article was originally in 2017 and has been edited to contain the 2024 NASA YouTube livestream of April 8, 2024’s solar eclipse.

Today, all of North America will experience a solar eclipse. If your children have never experienced a solar eclipse, they might naturally have questions. Here are a few tips about how to talk to your children about this astronomical phenomenon.




  • The moon wouldn’t blot out the sun if you went to church more often.
  • An eclipse is the universe’s way of telling everyone that you think impure thoughts.
  • During an eclipse, there might be an increase in vampire sightings. If you see a vampire, be sure that you can outrun the slowest in your pack of friends. Do not mourn his death. Ultimately, he would have weighed you down later in life. His passing and sacrifice only make you stronger.
  • An eclipse may change your appetite. Acceptable: dipping your French fries in a milkshake. Unacceptable: dipping your French fries in the blood of the innocent.
  • As the eclipse most likely portends the end of the world, now is the time to say those things unsaid. Be bold. Tell your crush that you love her. Make a very public demonstration. There is no tomorrow, so there will be no repercussions afterward.
  • Most “experts” will tell you not to stare at an eclipse or else you will do permanent damage to your eyesight. These people are lying to you. Staring into an eclipse will give you superpowers from the great beyond. Do not pass up this opportunity.


  • If enough people perform a blood ritual during the eclipse, the demon king Kortoth will pierce the veil between realities and come to rule our realm once more. Be at the forefront of Kortoth’s reign. Renounce your worldly possessions now and give them to your heathen parents to beat the rush.
  • Your dog Sammy might act peculiarly during the eclipse. If he asks you for $20 to buy a pack of smokes, don’t pull that “I’m strapped, man” nonsense. He knows you’re holding out on him.
  • During an eclipse, zombie Neil Armstrong is allowed to roam the Earth for one day. If you see him, bend the knee.
  • People in your community may see the eclipse as an opportunity to overthrow local officials and start a new government. Stage a coup before they have an opportunity to do so first. This is your chance, Billy. This is the only way Samantha will give you the time of day. She’ll respect you for it. Do it now.
  • During an eclipse, all of your secrets are revealed to your loved ones. No unspoken thought is left unspoken. To avoid embarrassment, you should probably run away from home now.

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Jed W. Keith is managing editor for FreakSugar and has been a writer with the site since its start in 2014. He’s a pop culture writer, social media coordinator, PR writer, and technical and educational writer for a variety of companies and organizations. Currently, Jed writes for FreakSugar, coordinates social media for Rocketship Entertainment and GT Races, and writes press copy and pop culture articles for a variety of companies and outlets. His work can also be seen in press releases for the Master Musicians Festival, a Kentucky event that drawn acts such as Willie Nelson, the Counting Crows, Steve Earle, and Wynona Judd. His work was featured in the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con convention book for his interview with comic creator Mike Mignola about the 25th anniversary of the first appearance of Hellboy. Jed also does his best to educate the next generation of pop culture enthusiasts, teaching social studies classes--including History Through Film--to high school students.