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How to Become A Puppeteer

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You Don’t See A Lot of Puppeteers on Career Day

I don’t recall ever knowing a puppeteer. Or knowing anyone who knew a puppeteer. Or knowing anyone that wanted to be a puppeteer. Maybe my social circle is just way too small. This article explains just how someone finds themselves in a puppetry career.

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And One Last Thing...

This list of Unusual Dying Wishes shows that the classic coffin and grave isn’t for everyone. However, if one of my loved ones requested what Angel Pantoja Medina requested, I would have been way too weirded out to comply.

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And You Thought Golf Was Boring

That was before you realized that it includes hovercrafts.

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The Bluth Family Reunion

There is finally a date when long-suffering fans of Arrested Development (like me) will be able enjoy some new episodes. In fact, they can watch 15 new episodes in a single day. I’m totally gonna.

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Space Junk

There are 30,000 satellites, pieces of radars and other miscellaneous man-made objects floating around in space. What exactly are they doing up there?

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Earth Junk

There are millions and millions of pieces of man-made garbage being disposed of every day right here on Earth. What exactly happens with and to it? A new book gives a look inside the world of New York City Sanitation employees.

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RIP: MLK

Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated 45 years ago today. On that terrible day, LIFE photographer Henry Groskinsky heard what had happened, drove to the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, and took these photographs.

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Creating the King’s Game

Smithsonian explores how kings and queens and rooks and knights and pawns came to look the way they look.

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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.

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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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