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Spare Change: The Results Show

After much fanfare and well over 300 guesses, I brought my change jar in for counting on Saturday. The person who's closest without going over wins a mental_floss t-shirt; second place wins free admission to our Law School in a Box.

This is all very exciting.

As a spill would have been disastrous, I took no chances on the way to Commerce Bank.

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We arrived safely. "The change machine is out of order," a fellow customer told me on my way in. "Just kidding!" I did not laugh, as the prospect of counting these coins myself flashed before my eyes.

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Moments before the official counting, I took my first and only picture inside the bank. The camera seemed to rattle the staff, which isn't necessarily crazy. This bank was robbed earlier this year. A strange man documenting his transaction (me) probably raised a red flag.

After approximately four minutes of dumping change into the Penny Arcade, my lovely assistant/wife hit the "End" button.

We learned the winning bid was much higher than we expected: $263.79.

That means the winning bidder, with a Kreskin-like bid of $263.17, is Dave R! Second place goes to Janet, who bid $257.37.

The oh-so-close award goes to Maeve, with a bid of $264.34. Had Starbucks not recently raised their prices by a few pennies, victory would have been yours. That's the kind of thing that would drive me crazy, so I'll use some of my change windfall to buy Maeve a t-shirt. Just email me to let me know which one, your size, and where I should send it.

One more thing. Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered.

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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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