Okay I actually understand the newspaper. It's so he won't get a sunburn on his face.
About 20 years ago a neighbour got drunk and put his four wheeler through the ice. It sat at the bottom of a salt water lake for a week. He got it running again, but the bottom of the frame rotted out completely from all the salt water that had basically filled the tubular frame. So I was doing a really delicate welding job trying to repair the frame and make it look good with a terrible little AC arc welder. It was delicate work and I didn't want to keep raising and lowering the shield, so I took the lens out and just held it in one hand as I welded. My eyes were protected by the rest of my face was not. I went in to work the next day and one of my coworkers said I looked like a lobster.