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Introducing the Candwich

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God forbid you should ever find yourself trapped inside your home during a tornado, hurricane or earthquake. A situation like that is bad enough. But what if you were in that situation and also found that the only food you had to sustain yourself was a bunch of old canned beans and random vegetables you'd long ago stored in an emergency kit? Wouldn't it be so much easier to keep up your spirit and strength if you could instead pop open a can containing a BBQ Chicken sandwich?

Or, say you find yourself on a camping trip and you stop to set up your tent for the night and get something to eat. Sure, you could go out and hunt and forage for berries or small woodland creatures and then come back and build a campfire to cook them over. But you'd be tired from hiking all day. Wouldn't you rather just reach in your backpack and pull out a delicious can of peanut butter & jelly?

Mark Kirkland is certainly hoping that makes good sense to you, because he's the inventor of the Candwich "“ the world's first sandwich in a can. In addition to camping and natural disaster scenarios, the product can also be a savior on those days when you accidentally leave your lunch at home - since the Candwich's unique packaging makes it possible for them to be sold in vending machines alongside cans of soda or juice.

In this article, Kirkland even offers some on-the-go meal prep advice:

"You can eat it right out of the can, but I know people who will take the BBQ chicken can, put it on their car dashboard and let the sun heat it up."

Bon Appétit.

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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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