My new job uses Trillian messenger service, which basically allows you to use most of your IM accounts at the same time. Also, for some reason, it hyperlinks certain terms to their corresponding definitions on Wikipedia. So, for example, if your friend Christine were to IM you that she saw your mutual friend Rod at Foley’s, and he was wearing an eyepatch, the following definition would pop up for mouseover:
An eyepatch is a small cloth patch, usually black, that is worn in front of one eye. It is worn by people who have lost an eye, and do not want the damaged area of their face to be seen or exposed. It is usually attached around the head by an elastic band or by a string.
In the years before advanced medicine and surgery, eyepatches were common. They were particularly prevalent among members of dangerous occupations, such as pirates and blacksmiths. Today, with prosthetic eyes increasingly accessible, eyepatches are no longer commonplace.
Eyepatches are also used in children as a treatment for lazy eye syndrome.
*John Ford (film director)
*James Joyce: he was known to wear one even though he never lost an eye
How great is that?