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Who the *&^% is Jackson Pollock?

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That was what Teri Horton, a now-retired truck driver from California, said when a friend suggested that a painting Horton had bought at a garage sale looked like the work of the uber-famous artist. That was more than 10 years ago, and by now, Horton most definitely knows who Jackson Pollock is. That's because the painting she paid only $5 for -- knocked down from $7 -- may well be an original Pollock, and in this hyper-inflated art market (in which David Geffen just sold a Pollock masterpiece, "No. 5, 1948," for $143 million), she's pretty sure her modest investment will pay off royally.

But how do you pick out a Pollock from the paint-dribblings of a hyper-active decorator? Simple: forensic science. Despite being pooh-poohed by the glitterati of the art world ("She knows nothing. I'm an expert. She's not," art jerk and supposed forgery expert Thomas Hoving said), fingerprints found on her painting have been shown to match a fingerprint on a can of paint that Pollock used, as well as another fingerprint on one of Pollock's masterworks hanging in London's Tate Gallery.

Time to cash in? Not quite. First Horton was offered $2 million, which she flatly turned down. More recently, a Saudi art collector offered her $9 million for the painting, but Horton -- who's living on social security checks -- claims she won't sell for less than $50 million. For now, she's become a minor celebrity (and star of a new documentary, Who the *&^% is Jackson Pollock?), and is "enjoying the ride" according to the film's producer.


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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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