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You know what they say -- once bitten, twice shy. That didn't hold much water with Ali Khan Samsudin, 48, a snake charmer who until a few days ago was known as Malaysia's "Snake King." He claimed to have been bitten 99 times in his life while performing his act. 100 times, it seems, was a charm.

How does one earn the moniker "Snake King"? In Ali's case, he lived 12 hours a day for 40 days in a room with 400 snakes. Keen to outdo himself, in 1997 he acquired the name "Scorpion King" by shutting himself in a box with 6,000 of the nasties for three weeks. (Hmm, I wonder if there's a Boy Scouts merit badge for that.)

So why was the 100th bite fatal? Apparently, Ali was so unperturbed by the wound that he didn't even bother to seek treatment. Two days later he felt bad enough to go to the hospital, but by then it was too late. In addition to getting himself killed, Ali has also been setting a bad example for the kids. In 2002 his daughter, Nur Malena Hassan, proclaimed herself "Scorpion Queen" after spending 36 days in a glass box with 6,069 scorpions -- while suffering 17 excruciating bites. (And they say American families are competitive.)

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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.

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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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