Weekend Links: Comet Pan-STARRS Lights the Night

These time-lapse videos of the comet Pan-STARRS allow us terrestrial beings too busy to observe the night sky a chance to relive and appreciate one of the first great astronomical wonders of 2013. You’ll still have an opportunity to catch it in person: the comet will continue to shine on, though dimming gradually in brightness, through the end of March.

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National Geographic is celebrating their 125th anniversary by releasing a series of images from their archives in a curated collection called FOUND, “showcasing photographs that reveal cultures and moments of the past.”

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Cats through the ages: a new collection called Puss in Books proves that our love of cat pictures predated the internet, with images of the furry little balls of cute appearing on Egyptian tomb walls and the pages of medieval religious texts.

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YouTube science vlogger Vsauce explores the burning question of “What’s the most dangerous place on Earth?” At 2:39, you can find out what would happen if you fell into a volcano full of molten lava, and why it’s even more terrifying than you would expect.

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A Reddit post asking users to submit “the happiest facts you know” resulted in this uplifting list of information about exactly the subjects you’d expect: love, laughter, and baby animals.

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Jay-Z has officially been named the executive producer of, and original music contributor to, the soundtrack for Baz Lurhmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

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This infographic provides a brief history of video game driving, from Gran Tak, the first car-based racing game released in 1974 to the upcoming fifth installment of the ever-popular and morally controversial Grand Theft Auto series. Drive safe.

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Breaking science news: CERN says it was the Higgs boson!

Pottery Barn Is Launching a Friends-Inspired Furniture Line That Includes Rachel’s Iconic Apothecary Table

To celebrate this fall’s 25th anniversary of the premiere of Friends in 1994, Pottery Barn is releasing a line of furniture inspired by the beloved NBC sitcom, Deadline reports.

The collection will feature accessories, furniture, and tabletop items, including Central Perk mugs. One highlight is a replica of the apothecary table that made a name for apothecary tables everywhere with its spotlight-stealing performance in the season 6 episode “The One with the Apothecary Table.” In it, Rachel purchases an apothecary table from Pottery Barn and, when she finds out Phoebe hates Pottery Barn, tells her the table is an antique from the “days of yore.” It gets more complicated (and hilarious) from there.

Pottery Barn's 'Friends' furniture collection
Pottery Barn

According to BuzzFeed, the episode was actually part of a product placement deal with Pottery Barn, and Entertainment Weekly even ranked it first on their “Best Product Placement” list for Friends.

You can shop the collection beginning on July 30, with prices starting at $12.50. If you’re a diehard Friends fanatic looking to celebrate its 25th anniversary in a way that Rachel Green would be proud of, you can also enter Pottery Barn’s sweepstakes for a chance to win a free trip for two to Los Angeles, complete with a $1000 shopping spree to Pottery Barn and a Warner Bros. Studio Deluxe Tour which includes, of course, a visit to the Central Perk set.

And, if you haven’t seen “The One with the Apothecary Table,” you can watch it on Netflix before Friends leaves for WarnerMedia’s new streaming service HBO Max in 2020.

[h/t Deadline]

Hundreds of Kangaroos Roam the Green at This Australian Golf Course

burroblando/iStock via Getty Images
burroblando/iStock via Getty Images

Anglesea Golf Club has all the makings of a regular golf club: an 18-hole golf course, a mini golf course, a driving range, a clubhouse, and a bistro. But the kangaroo mobs that hop around the holes add an element of surprise to your otherwise leisurely round of one of the slowest games in sports.

Person takes photo of a kangaroo
Anglesea Golf Club

According to Thrillist, the kangaroos have been a mainstay for years, and the club started giving tours a few years ago to ensure visitors could observe them in the safest way possible. For about 25 minutes, a volunteer tour guide will drive a golf cart with up to 14 passengers around the course, sharing fun facts about kangaroos and stopping at opportune locations for people to snap a few photos of the marsupials, which are most active in late afternoon and early morning. Kangaroos are friendly creatures, but Anglesea’s website reminds visitors that “they can also be quite aggressive if they feel threatened.”

Post-graduate students and academic staff from Melbourne University’s zoology department have been researching Anglesea’s kangaroo population since 2004, and some of the animals are marked with collar and ear tags so the researchers can track movement, growth, survival, and reproduction patterns throughout their life cycle.

One of the reasons kangaroos have continued to dwell on land so highly trafficked by people is because of the quality of the land itself, National Geographic reports. The golf course staff regularly sprinkles nitrogen fertilizer all over the green, which makes the grass especially healthy.

Kangaroos graze on Anglesea Golf Course
Anglesea Golf Club

If you decide to plan a trip to Anglesea Golf Club, you can book a kangaroo tour here—adult tickets are $8.50, and children under 12 can come along for just $3.50 each.

[h/t Thrillist]

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