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Watercooler chat in honor of Alexander the Great

Alex died on this day in 323 B.C. We've got lots of interesting bits on Alex in our new Cocktail Party Cheat Sheets book. Here are a couple you probably haven't heard:

In all likelihood, Alexander's tomb does not contain Alex himself. The emporer Ptolemy took Alexander's body and brought it to Alexandria, where it was on display for a long time. But the body was lost and its current whereabouts is unknown. Don't you just hate it when you misplace a body?

Ever wonder where Ty Cobb got his name? Me neither. But it's an interesting bit. Apparently Ty's dad, W.H. Cobb, was a state senator and an armchair historian. And after reading about Alexander's attack on the city of Tyre and the Phoenicians' tenacity as they faced Alex, Cobb decided to give his son the unusual name Tyrus. Ty would go on to become every bit as fierce and nasty as the citizens of Tyre.

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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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