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Turkey Goes Cold Turkey

According to this Business Week article, the Turkish government has announced that they are officially banning the sale of all energy drinks with more than 150 milligrams of caffeine in them. Tea and coffee will still be allowed (thank God!), but popular energy drinks like Red Bull are being forced to change their formulas to comply with the stricter standards. Of course, the saddest part of this whole announcement is the bad timing. If only the Turkish government had known that BOTH Hulk Hogan and Steven Seagal are offering energy drinks of their own, perhaps they could have been swayed to reconsider. Seagal's Lightning Drink brand seems particularly interesting since it comes in "flavors" like The Asian Experience, which I'm assuming tastes like  my study abroad in a can? It's also touted as the first energy drink to use the Chi symbol on its label. I have no idea what that means, but it sounds delicious.

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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