On June 30th, 1973 the earth experienced an unusually long total solar eclipse. Observers in certain areas were able to witness the eclipse for over seven full minutes. During each millennium there are usually fewer than ten total solar eclipses that last longer than seven minutes. The next one of similar length will not occur until the year 2186.
Scientists were stumped as to the cause of the extra long eclipse until they realized that earlier that same year (March 17, 1973) the rock band Pink Floyd released their now famous album “Dark Side of the Moon.” Astrophysicists soon were able to connect the dots. “It’s obvious to us now,” said Dr. Bunsen Honeydew of Muppet Labs, “The last song on that album is called ‘Eclipse.’ People everywhere must have been playing that song while watching the eclipse and the sheer power of the amassed rock and roll caused the moon to slow in its orbit, making the eclipse last longer than is usual.”
Okay, I made that last bit up. :-)