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Morning Cup of Links: The Next Picasso

The late night talk show drama earlier this year made a lot of people pine for the days of Johnny Carson. Thankfully, it just got much easier to enjoy his work "“ as more than 3,300 hours of his Tonight Show have been placed on his website for easy viewing.
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Even if you weren't a fan of Carson, you can still get behind this story about his charitable foundation giving back in a huge way.
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Two men that  lived as undercover agents inside the Hell's Angels and the Gambino crime family describe what it takes to infiltrate and survive the world of crime.
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A company in Taiwan is making a name for itself by cranking out computer animation video based on American news stories. It didn't take them long to release a clip of the suddenly famous Steven Slater quitting his job as a JetBlue flight attendant.
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The world's 18 strangest gardens are unlike anything you've seen in someone's backyard.
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An 8-year old British boy is being called the next Picasso "“ and not just by one crazy art critic. During a recent sale of his work, 33 of his paintings were scooped up in under a half-hour. One went for north of $235,000.
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It looks like the recession is hitting everyone "“ even cemeteries. That's why some of them have started to ramp up their marketing efforts by hosting special parties, concerts, and festivals "“ all in a morbid attempt to secure your future business. (Via Gawker)
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"A lot of networks report the news as it happens. But only one has the power to report the news before it happens." That's the stated premise behind The Onion's hilarious new video, News From the Year 2137.
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If your passion still burns bright for some unattained goal, maybe you should think about heading to one of these Fantasy Camps Where You Can Live the Dream.

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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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