Of all the stupid things my mom has ever done, I think this makes it to the top of the list.
So, she was in Cleveland for a conference of some kind, amongst church-folk (probably Catholic, but I'm not certain and it really doesn't matter) and she told me that someone said something amazing. That on that day, it would be possible to view the sun without being hurt. So she did. Along with a number of other people there.
I can only hope it was completely cloudy, but I fear it wasn't, since she told me she saw wonderful lights and a halo around the sun and more (ie, just the things you see when you look at a very bright light and your eye is going hay-wire)... She said what they did was make a small hole in their fist (like an 'O') and look through it, then open their hand. She said it didn't hurt, which meant it obviously didn't do any damage. She said she looked for about 15 seconds or so, per eye (one eye at a time). I'm only assuming the "looking through the hand" part was an attempt to "aclimate the eye to the light" or some such drek. (trying not to swear here, but it is hard... this is my mother after all!)
Who ever was telling people about this needs to be arrested or something. I tried to explain to my mother that your eyes can't sense damage and that they can be hurt without you noticing, but she didn't get it. She rather firmly believes that something miraculous happened. I told her that if she went to an eye doctor, he'd probably be able to detect some damage. I also told her to never listen to someone if they tell her to do that again, but I doubt she'll will. Now I'm afraid that if she goes to the doctor and he/she doesn't find anything, she'll think that this really was a miracle.
Am I actually related to my mother? Why does she listen to these people? And just how much eye damage did she get for ~10 seconds of unprotected viewing? I'm trying to find out online, but so far nothing...