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Happy 60th Birthday to Pee-wee Herman
Paul Reubens, the man who plays everyone’s favorite eternal child Pee-wee Herman, is turning 60 years old today. And, according to this photo gallery, it’s serious business.


As a huge fan of Pee-wee, I would encourage everyone to read 10 Facts About Pee-wee Herman and check out more information about his 1988 Christmas special. They’re oldies but goodies.

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The Work of Some Really Cool Dads
If Pee-wee’s Playhouse had taken place in a tree, it might have looked like one of these.

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Sometimes Florida Makes Hurricanes On Purpose
Like the ones that will be produced inside this massive indoor facility.

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The Vodka That Actually Burns Going Down
Because it’s made from Ghost Chiles.

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Car Companies Employ Psychics
They just call them “Futurists”. And they don't exactly use a crystal ball.

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Weird Wacked-Out Wikis of the World Wide Web
If you enjoy Wikipedia, but don’t feel it is needlessly-specific enough for you, you might enjoy these wikis that actually exist, for some reason.

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Conan O’Brien Once Interned for Representative Barney Frank
SNL’s Vanessa Bayer interned on Sesame Street. Aziz Ansari worked for The Onion. Check out this list of cool internships held by famous comedians.

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Space
Can’t See the Eclipse in Person? Watch NASA’s 360° Live Stream
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Depending on where you live, the historic eclipse on August 21 might not look all that impressive from your vantage point. You may be far away from the path of totality, or stuck with heartbreakingly cloudy weather. Maybe you forgot to get your eclipse glasses before they sold out, or can't get away from your desk in the middle of the day.

But fear not. NASA has you covered. The space agency is live streaming a spectacular 4K-resolution 360° live video of the celestial phenomenon on Facebook. The livestream started at 12 p.m. Eastern Time and includes commentary from NASA experts based in South Carolina. It will run until about 4:15 ET.

You can watch it below, on NASA's Facebook page, or on the Facebook video app.

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Art
Cephalopod Fossil Sketch in Australia Can Be Seen From Space

Australia is home to some of the most singular creatures alive today, but a new piece of outdoor art pays homage to an organism that last inhabited the continent 65 million years ago. As the Townsville Bulletin reports, an etching of a prehistoric ammonite has appeared in a barren field in Queensland.

Ammonites are the ancestors of the cephalopods that currently populate the world’s oceans. They had sharp beaks, dexterous tentacles, and spiraling shells that could grow more than 3 feet in diameter. The inland sea where the ammonites once thrived has since dried up, leaving only fossils as evidence of their existence. The newly plowed dirt mural acts as a larger-than-life reminder of the ancient animals.

To make a drawing big enough to be seen from space, mathematician David Kennedy plotted the image into a path consisting of more than 600 “way points.” Then, using a former War World II airfield as his canvas, the property’s owner Rob Ievers plowed the massive 1230-foot-by-820-foot artwork into the ground with his tractor.

The project was funded by Soil Science Australia, an organization that uses soil art to raise awareness of the importance of farming. The sketch doubles as a paleotourist attraction for the local area, which is home to Australia's "dinosaur trail" of museums and other fossil-related attractions. But to see the craftsmanship in all its glory, visitors will need to find a way to view it from above.

[h/t Townsville Bulletin]

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