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Other Great Moments in Baseball History

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During game two of the World Series, FOX cameras noticed a suspicious substance on Detroit pitcher Kenny Rogers' left hand. Rogers cleaned up between innings. And the umpires decided not to invoke Rule 8.02, which says a pitcher shall not "have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance. For such infraction of this section the penalty shall be immediate ejection from the game."

What was the mystery substance? Pine tar? Resin? Dirt? If it's cheating, cheating in the World Series will really put a damper on baseball. Right?

Well, maybe not. According to Gantry's RBI Baseball Hall of Shame, baseball players have been doing crazy stuff for years. This is one of my favorite rest stops on the information superhighway.

+Wade Boggs: Sued by a flight attendant for threatening and cursing at her after she refused to serve him alcohol. He pointed his finger in her face and threatened to "kick your fat lips in."

+Pedro Guerrero: Acquitted of drug conspiracy charges in June of 2002 after his attourney argued his low IQ prevented him from understanding that he agreed to a drug deal.

+Tim "Rock" Raines: An admitted cocaine user who used to get high during games, Raines told reporters he sometimes kept a vial of coke in his back pocket. He would slide head-first while stealing to make sure the vial wouldn't break.

+Bret Saberhagen: While struggling to adjust to the New York media, Saberhagen was once fined and suspended for spraying bleach on a group of reporters.

+Kevin Mitchell: With good buddy Dwight Gooden over at his house, Mitchell cut off the head of his girlfriend's cat. In an unrelated incident, as a member of the Western League's Sonoma County Crushers, Mitchell was suspended for 9 games after punching the opposing team's owner in the mouth.

Let's end on two less creepy notes:

+Dwight Evans: While an active player, Evans traded himself in a fantasy league because he "needed pitching help."

+Lou Whitaker: Forgot to bring his uniform to Minnesota for the 1985 All-Star Game. Whitaker had to buy a Tigers jersey from a Metrodome concession stand, and draw his uniform number on with a felt-tip pen.

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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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