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First of all, hooray for the new baby Israel! So wonderful. Also wanted to throw out that I wasn't named at first, either. My parents let me marinate for about three days before they decided on "Rebecca" (of course, never to call me it, and it has now become my "slave name" or a name I must respond to when formally rewarded or punished). Of course, "Becky" soon followed, and my mother stuck with it because she thought, though perhaps slightly campy (come on, other Beckys, you know you've felt the burn), it was the name of the most popular girl at my mother's high school. On the shoulders of giants! Whatever, I like the obverse meanings: Becky="ensnarer"; Rebecca="faithful Hebrew daughter"--prime for all kinds of schisms. Back to the real reason of the this post: a New Zealand couple who named their baby Superman, after they were prevented from naming him 4Real:

Mum and Dad decided to call their son 4Real after seeing an ultrasound image of him. It was then they realised that their baby was "for real."

They are considering legal action to force officials to reverse the ruling.

4Real. Hmm. Okay. It's also the name of an excellent song by Okkervil River. Apparently, Superman's parents are already referring to him as his vetoed name. Interesting, too, how people are inspired by technology. I used to date a guy named Manhattan, named because his heartbeat on the EKG resembled the New York skyline. Is your name derived from a technological inspiration, or are there names you narrowly escaped?

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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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