Elton John has over a thousand pairs, because nothing makes you quite as stylish as a pair of shades. Today is Sunglasses Day.

Although the origin of Sunglasses Day is unknown, the history of sunglasses stretches as far back as 14th century China, where judges used eyewear made of smoke-colored quartz to mask their emotions, according to daysoftheyear.com. Modern sunglasses as we know them today were first marketed by entrepreneur Sam Foster on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

Sunglasses help to protect your eyes from harmful UV light, so make sure you get sunglasses with UV protection built in.

Photo credit: Janeen Hutchins, with CC license on Flickr

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