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8th Caption Contest Finalists!

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Thanks to all who entered our 8th Caption Contest. Now the fun really begins: it's up to YOU to pick the winner. As always, each finalist is labeled with a letter. All you have to do is decide which is the best (whatever your definition of "best" is), and drop your ballot in the comments below. As always, one vote per person. And the finalists are...

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A: Charades: pirate's just don't get it.

B: Never gonna give ewe up, never gonna let ewe down"¦

C: Captain Black lost his eye, Simmons lost his shoes, but James and Mr. Edwards got the brunt of the stolen treasure's curse.

D: Historical Moment - The first ewe-boat to be sunk.

E: "The Vikings used wool sails!" he says. "I'll just make it along the way!" he says. Yargh!

F: When you were drinking last night I told you something like this would happen if you got two sheeps to the wind.

G: "S.O.S.!!!!! SAVE OUR SHIP, not SAVE OUR SHEEP! This is the worst rescue ever!"

H: Arr, though it may be me ruin, I'm a sucker for two sheeps passing in the night.

I: A good captain always goes down with his sheep.

J: No matter how grave the situation, we still have ewephamisms.

K: "I think it's obvious Jenkins, we've been hit by a Ewe-boat."

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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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