I was instructed by my parents not to eat anything during the solar eclipse that occurred yesterday. Though this is rubbished as a superstition, i also hear reasons that goes like, "The UV radiation received by earth is higher during the eclipse period triggering the growth of some microbes and consequently infecting the food that we eat" I don't see any reason why the amount of UV should increase during the solar eclipse period but to my surprise i came across a paper by some Biophysicists who have observed documented such increased levels. http://www.springerlink.com/content/x826423w10j76744/ Is this true? Apart from some alleged gravitational anomalies, is there any other remarkable event thats associated with a solar eclipse. I always thought it was nothing different from that of my hand obscuring the light bulb; just that eclipses occur in a much larger scale.