The Mind-Blowing Real Reason Why Pirates Wore Eyepatches

WORLD Warotter

 

You’re probably familiar with the iconic image of a pirate:

Here's The Real Reason Pirates Wore Eyepatches

Three corner hat, earring, and of course AN EYEPATCH.

 

You probably assumed, as I assumed, that the eye patch was there to cover up a missing eye.

Here's The Real Reason Pirates Wore Eyepatches
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Pirates lived dangerous lives! Makes sense they might’ve lost an eye or two. You know, sword fights, hungry parrots, etc.

 

But! It turns out that pirates wore eyepatches to keep one eye adapted to the dark so when they went under deck they could switch the patch to the other eye and be able to see right away.

Here's The Real Reason Pirates Wore Eyepatches
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Genius!

 

This was especially helpful during battles, where they might find themselves fighting in the dimly lit belly of the ship.

Here's The Real Reason Pirates Wore Eyepatches
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Imagine asking for a time out during a pirate fight so your eyes could adjust?

 

So there you have it! Pirates wore eye patches for dark-adjustment. Not because they only had one eye.

H/T: Frank Stags

Source: buzzfeed.com &  The Wall Street Journal

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