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Weekend Links: Vintage Vaudeville Ventriloquists

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Huzzah and kudos to the Oxford comma, who lives to see another day (except for those of us who publish under AP Style guidelines). Does anyone else champion the Oxford comma and use it in personal writing?
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Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, and behold: the luckiest squirrel in the world! I’ve seen squirrels do this with my car, too, and I’m only going slightly faster (just kidding).
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Human ingenuity at its very finest – check out this picture gallery in praise of crazy (or genius?) patents, including glasses for chickens and a mustache guard!
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I must quote from the site for this frightening link, as they summed up my thoughts on their post completely: “Ventriloquism creeps me out as it is, but these vaudeville era portraits of ventriloquists with their creepy dummies are, well, creepy. This first one is quite possibly the most unsettling thing I have ever seen. Enjoy the rest, including the random police booking photo of “The Great Lester”.
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For those of you making lists about what you can irresponsibly waste your money on when you when the lotto, be sure to add sapphire-blade razor to the list. For $100,000 I expect it to be guaranteed for more than 10 years!
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Behold the spectacular sight of monarch butterflies in migration. These beautiful creatures travel over 2,000 miles! But over several generations. It’s like the Oregon Trail – by the time you reached the West you were with an entirely different group of people than when you started!
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A Van Gogh replica … made from plants! Beautiful stuff – surely you would win Lawn of the Month with this in your yard, no?
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Finally, a video montage of “when graphic artists get bored.” I can confirm that my graphic artist friends come up with some pretty astounding gifs and macros in their downtime. I’m still on MS Paint levels, personally.
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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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