One Indian paper advised pregnant women not to go outside during the eclipse to avoid having a blind baby or one with a cleft lip. Food cooked before the eclipse should be thrown out afterward because it will be impure and those who are holding a knife or ax during the eclipse will cut themselves, the Hindustan Times added.
As for "those who are holding a knife or ax during the eclipse will cut themselves" it really is good advice to lay down your arms: It was almost 12 noon and as Mrs. Kali was hurriedly julienning the peppers the sun was suddenly blotted out of the sky (by her husband Lord Shiva). "OOOUUUCH!!! Shoot! Now my green bell peppers have all turned red."
(via God is for Suckers)