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The Late Movies: Ridiculous Instructional Videos

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Our friends over at everythingisterrible have been busy combing through dusty piles of VHS tapes, looking for bizarre gems that time forgot. Many, many of them turn out to be from instructional how-to videos, which appear to be semi-homemade (or at least self-funded). Here are some of our favorites. (Note: everythingisterrible edits their videos to highlight the most ridiculous bits. Do not adjust your set!)

Whip Cracking Made Easy

Confident Public Speaking

As explained by the world's worst prop comedian.

THE WORST PROP COMEDIAN EVER! from Everything Is Terrible on Vimeo.

Predicting the Weather for Pilots

Crazy eyes make me not trust you, pilot man!

Well, hello fellow pilots... from Everything Is Terrible on Vimeo.

Let's Go (Web) Surfing!

But wait: first you'll need at least 4 megabytes of RAM!

Get A New Girlfriend -- With Math!

I don't remember doing my homework ever being this fun.

How to Make Turkey Calls with Your Mouth

The video box reads: "Hunting the North American Wild Turkey provides the ultimate challenge to even seasoned hunters. Learn how to outsmart these cagey birds from professional hunter and award-winning turkey caller, Jerry Antley."

Moms Hate Bedwetters

"This short informative video was made in 1999 by the Rhone-Poulenc pharmaceutical company to tell kids all about DDAVP tablets in a hip way that kids would understand." The opening reenactment of an actual bed-wetting/mom-hating incident is priceless.

A Woman's Guide to Watching Football

"It's just a big jumble of bodies, and I don't get it!!" Help is on the way, Lois.

Pumpkin Carving Made Easy!

This man has carved more than 4,000 pumpkins in eight years. That is insane.

THE PUNKIN MAN! from Everything Is Terrible on Vimeo.

The 3 Keys to Successful Conduit Bending

The computer animations are especially nice here.

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Space
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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Art
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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