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You Can Balance An Egg Tomorrow!*

David's Celluloid-stumper touched off a spirited discussion about tomorrow's Autumnal Equinox. On that day, and on its Vernal counterpart in March, you can stand an egg upright.

This is true. The ability to balance an egg on these days is often attributed to day and night being equal in length. However, you can also balance an egg on the Summer Solstice (the longest day of the year), the Winter Solstice (the shortest), my birthday, your birthday, Super Bowl Sunday and Viking Day.

Bad Astronomy has a thorough debunking of this myth, which links to the above photo of Dr. Phil Plait from October 1998.

"The little-appreciated fact that most eggshells have small bumps on them makes this seemingly impossible task achievable. Although, during an equinox, every place on Earth experiences an equal length day and night (12 hours each), this fact has no practical effect on egg stability."

*Or right now. Grab a carton!

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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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