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Internet Kaleidoscope Toy!

I think this is a slightly dated toy from internet guru zefrank (there's an updated version on his site which I'm less crazy about), but what a time waster! Simply drag the shapes into your canvas, and watch how they look in a kaleidoscope. It's a lot more fun than it sounds (to me, at least).

Anyway, since I've got the word kaleidoscope up here, I decided to look up the origins on wikipedia, and this is what I came up with:

"Known to the ancient Greeks, it was reinvented by the Scot Sir David Brewster in 1816 while conducting experiments on light polarization, and it was patented in 1817... Initially intended as a science tool, it was quickly copied as a toy. Brewster believed he would make money from his popular invention. However, a fault in his patent allowed others to copy his invention."

So, what I'm most curious about is what sort of "science tool" the kaleidoscope could possibly be. I could see using it as a fly swatter or a back scratcher, but a science tool? Any ideas?  Link to kaleidoscope toy.

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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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