After the sad news of the death of Neil Armstrong I though I would do a bit of a search for moon articles in the old newspapers.
It didn’t surprise me to find that there were some strange superstitions regarding the moon, not the least of which were terrible crimes committed by people claiming to be under the influence of the moon.
I am not saying that the moon has no influence over humans. Anyone who has worked in a hospital emergency department or law enforcement will probably have tales of strangeness that seem to peak around the full moon.
Regardless of that, I think it is safe to say that blindness caused by allowing the rays of the moon to fall upon your eyelids is something that I can point the finger at and call ridiculous.
This article from 1907 suggests that the blindness inflicted upon the captain of a ship was attributed to him falling asleep on deck and the moon shine blinding him. Didn’t he have a cabin? Why was he asleep on deck?
Maybe it was the moonshine that caused his blindness.
I am thinking more along the lines of home-brewed moonshine though. Depending on the ingredients used, something like that could cause blindness and a perfectly good cabin to spend the night empty, as the good captains legs might have felt the befuddling effects of the ‘moonshine’ as well!