Today I learned why pirates wore patches over one eye! 

I always assumed the eyepatches were included in the “broken and tattered” look of a pirate. The eyepatch from a cut to the eye, pegged leg from another foe and sun beaten crocodile skin.

You know, the rough and tough pirate life!

Come to find out, there seems to be a much more clever thought process behind why pirates wore eyepatches. Pirates likely wore eyepatches so that one eye would always be acclimated to the darkness of the lower deck! That way, they could always see (at least with one eye) in the lower deck where it was dark, as well as seeing (with the other eye) on the upper deck during the daytime!

Who knew? That’s so smart! So, what have you learned today‽

~Lacey Jade Lanzo

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