I had an interesting conversation recently about blindfolds and firing squads. The popular conception is blindfolds are placed over the eyes of the person being executed for their benefit. Not so, actually. It's for the firing squad. Many a participant in such endeavors have been reportedly haunted, even driven insane, by memories of the images of the victim's eyes looking at them. At least, that's what my research has turned up. Ergo, stories where they ask if you want a blindfold are bogus. You get one whether you want it or not.