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Kids Eat Vegemite, Freak Out

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I'm very fond of telling the story about the time my World Cultures teacher, Mr. Achenbach, tricked my class into eating vegemite, Australia's favorite spread. He put a generous helping on a cracker, shoved it in his mouth, and proclaimed loudly, "I love it! It's so delicious!" as we passed the jar around the room, slathering vegemite on our own crackers. When we each had one, we ate it at the same time ... and reacted with horror. That stuff was disgusting. Mr. Achenbach spit out his own cracker, now yelling "Isn't it gross? I actually hate this stuff!" over the noises of my class coughing, groaning, and otherwise freaking out. 

So I can totally relate to the kids trying vegemite in the Fine Brothers latest React video. They are very wary of the stuff from the get-go, assuming it's smelly chocolate pudding or "nutella that's weird." One girl even guesses it's poop (then says, "it's poop?!" when no one corrects her). They say it smells like bread—not a bad guess; vegemite is made from brewer's yeast—or teriyaki sauce.

But their reactions, as you'll see, are absolutely the best.

Oh, kids, I have been there

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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.

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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