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Weekend Links: Childhood Frights

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From the Department of Awww: Humboldt penguins lay chase to a butterfly at the Philadelphia Zoo. (Thanks Sarah!)
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For every good idea there are 10 bad ones (did you know 85% of all statistics made up on the spot are false? Ahem, anyway), but the point is there's a reason you don't see any of these 10 Telephone Inventions That Failed Miserably around (the latex iphone finger slips are just too much)
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In honor of the new Salvador Dali exhibit that just opened at the High Museum here in Atlanta, here are 15 Awesome Optical Illusions in Salvador Dali Paintings.
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So it's unlikely, sure, but if you are the first human to make alien contact, you may want to consult this helpful guide ...
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If you're a fan of mental_floss, you'll of course need to bookmark these 10 Websites To Make You Think (I particularly like the inclusion of XKCD to this list).
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The Chive asked readers to send in pictures of their greatest childhood fears. Yes, some are tongue-in-cheek and meant to be funny, but others will remind you of those repressed images from TV and films of your youth! Share below, Flossers, what shook you up as a kid (the Jabberwocky really freaked me out - and he's completely benign now, almost laughable!)
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I usually don't like to include facts lists that are unverified, but I have read some of these 100 Very Cool Facts About The Human Body before (which doesn't mean they're true! But I know you guys will let me know it something looks fishy).
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Finally, see if you can finish this Genius Test and report back. I don't know how many questions there are, but I did not get to the end!
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More links on the way tomorrow - remember to send in your submissions to FlossyLinks@gmail.com!

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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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