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On my Christmas list #1: "Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science"

All week long, I'll be dropping hints to my family telling you what I want for Christmas. Here goes....
Yes, it's a book about Bigfoot. No, I haven't lost my mind. I don't believe in the big guy, but as a biological anthropology major, I'm really curious to see what evidence author (and bio-anthro prof) Jeff Meldrum has to offer. He seems to have finagled a positive book-jacket blurb from Jane Goodall, who says the book "brings a much-needed level of scientific analysis" to the topic. Given the ridiculous amount of hate mail that mental_floss got when we included Bigfoot on a list of hoaxes a few years ago, maybe it's time to revisit the subject.

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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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