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Is Detroit safer than Neolithic Britain?

Forget all those romanticized notions you have of life in the good old days. According to this article in New Scientist magazine (titled "Muggings Were Rife in New Stone Age") there's evidence that people living between 4000 and 3200 BCE in Neolithic Britain didn't have it nearly as good as that filthy Flintstones propaganda would have you believe. In fact, the study reports that not only was the era considerably more violent than previously thought, but on the Mean Streets of Neolithic England "Britons had a 1 in 14 chance of being bashed in the head." Worse still, they had a 1 in 50 chance of dying from the walk-by bashings.

In an admittedly bad segue, Grok and all his buddies might have fared better had they had access to the new Electric Cinderella Shoe. Designed as part of Simona Brusa Pasque's thesis project, the "stunning" shoes work like a taser, and can deliver100,000 volts of jolt to attackers when activated by a special necklace. Read all about it here, via ShinyShiny

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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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