I've been waiting for NASA's rover Curiosity to land safely so I can tell you that we now have Lincoln on Mars. Yes, Abraham Lincoln on the Red Planet.
The penny, a 1909 "VDB" penny, is used as a calibration target for the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) instrument, which is to be used to take extreme close-ups of rocks and soil. The penny, provided by MAHLI's principal investigator Ken Edgettt, is a nod to geologists' tradition to place a coin as a size reference in close-up photos of rocks.
Besides the penny, the MAHLI calibration target includes color chips, a metric bar graphic, and a stair-step pattern for depth calibration.
We never see the mason's face. He moves smoothly from brick to brick, the trowel an extension of his body, his mind, his artist's soul. It's beautiful. But also tragic, as YouTube commenter Trumacron points out:
Just think of all the hard skilled hours that go to waste every time the Cool-aid Man shows up
Bacon is so om nom nomily good, but can it be the food of the devil? Check out these images of the Bacon Demon, presented in our new and very nifty Neatorama gallery (all in one page, without generating multiple pageviews, mind you!)
The first is via Obvious Winner (does anyone know the back story?), the next set is from Larissa Sayer of Cheeky Raven's Art Blog, who created her version of the Bacon Demon (complete with pickle horns) from 2.2 lb of bacon as a birthday gift.
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