publication date: Monday, August 21, 2017 (part of Summer 2017)

category: Philosophy

clue: This ancient Greek is considered the first person to predict an eclipse, ending a war of five years when the eclipse motivated the soldiers to lay down their arms.

explanation: Thales of Miletus is considered the first major Greek philosopher and famously predicted an eclipse in 585 BC, during which the war between the Medes and Lydians came to a sudden end. His prediction has been challenged in modern times because it shouldn't have been possible with the understanding of astronomy during his era. more…

difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Justin Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Joanna Woods, Matthew Preston, Richard Slominsky, Jesse King, and Elaine Beckland

Eclipse Week: Whether or not you're one of the millions of Americans expected to watch the solar eclipse on August 21, you can enjoy this collection of eclipse-inspired goos, an easy way to wrap up the Summer 2017 season. Seven eclipse goos will run on the week of August 20-26, with three bonus goos to follow soon afterwards.

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