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Scenes From the Duct Tape Festival

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According to its website, the Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival "celebrates duct tape, its enthusiasts and its wacky and fun uses." The festival takes place in the Duct Tape Capital of the World, Avon, Ohio—the home of Duck brand duct tape.

I attended last month with my daughters (7-year-old triplets), who enjoyed riding the rides, playing carnival games, and decorating jewelry boxes with duct tape. We also made sure to stop by all the duct tape sculptures scattered throughout the festival. Here's what we saw:

The theme of this year's festival was Peace, Love, and Duct Tape. They were honoring the 1960's, '70's, and '80's. Even the trash cans were decorated with duct tape.

A groovy VW bus.

A Rubik's Cube with each panel made out of a different color of duct tape.

Here's a Grateful Dead Dancing Bear made out of lots of folded duct tape pieces. The detail on this one was amazing!

Duct tape clothing was everywhere.

A detail of the yellow rose in Gandhi's hand and a statue of Gandhi. This sculpture was created by Brittany Papale of NJ.

It's made out of 70 rolls of duct tape and foam and took Brittany 150 hours.

In the craft tent, Duck gave away craft kits to everyone. You could choose from a purse kit, a wallet kit, a jewelry box kit, and a wristlet kit. This tent was packed with people working on crafts made out of duct tape. My girls chose the jewelry boxes and they love them!

Assorted colors of duct tape in the craft tent. These were available for use in making your craft in the tent.

And here's a duct tape peace sign left over from the parade.

Amy Preneta currently spends her time chasing after her triplet daughters and trying to think of clever Facebook status updates. She is in her third year of a picture-a-day project and can't imagine stopping any time soon. She's worked on various mental_floss projects in and around our Ohio retail store.

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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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