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I'm always impressed by families who find fame in multiple generations. Not when they're famous for the same thing, like former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and current NFL Quarterbacks Peyton & Eli. And not when the offspring is only famous because of the parent, like Ron Reagan or Nicole Richie.

The kind of lush family tree I'm talking about is demonstrated by Denzel Washington and his son, John David Washington. The Academy Award winner's young running back offspring was just named to the practice squad of the St. Louis Rams.

Not impressed by the practice squad? How about Anaheim Angels top draft pick Trevor Bell, whose grandfather was Bozo the Clown?

Here are a few more examples of families who fit the criteria:

"¢ Single mother Bette Nesmith Graham invented liquid paper (White Out) while raising her son, future Monkee Michael Nesmith.

"¢ The father was the commissioner of Major League Baseball (A. Bartlett Giamatti). The son is an acclaimed actor who starred in Sideways (Paul Giamatti).

"¢ On a much smaller scale, Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith's son Nikko was a Top 12 finalist on American Idol in 2005.

"¢ Beck's mom was a member of Andy Warhol's inner circle.

"¢ Ken Norton was a heavyweight champion boxer (who was initially slated to play Apollo Creed in Rocky). Ken Norton, Jr., was a linebacker who won three Super Bowl rings in the 1990s with Dallas and San Francisco.

"¢ And of course there's former NFL coach George Allen, whose 1990 death may have been caused by icy Gatorade dumped on him by his players (he was coaching at Long Beach State at the time.) His son, also George Allen, is the Republican Senator forever linked to the obscure slur macaca.

Let's put our heads together and expand this list. Which multi-talented families am I missing?

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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.

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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