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Sleeping On The Job

It was Friday and we were beat. Rather than fight off sleep with Mocha Lattes or brisk walks, Mangesh and I decided to go the other direction. But we were in Starbucks, and falling asleep in Starbucks means waking up robbed. There's only one place we could nap and not look homeless. A trip to the Empire State Building was in order.

This wasn't a sightseeing venture, a point the aggressive area tour guides refused to accept. No, we came seeking rest.

Up on the 22nd floor is MetroNaps. Let me let their sign explain:

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After some enjoyable banter with the MetroNaps staff, we each crawled into an EnergyPod, a napping vessel shaped like an oversized football helmet. Soothing music calmed the nerves brought on by public sleeping.

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Our alarms were set for 20 minutes. That's what you get for $14. You could buy a monthly membership for $65 and nap whenever you want. If you worked nights, you could probably live there.

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I didn't actually fall asleep. The only job on which I've successfully slept was a summer gig in a school warehouse. But that's another story. When my twenty minutes were up, I admit to feeling re-energized. Never mind that it looks like I'm being cooked. (Those lights aren't on during the napping portion.)

We followed up our naps with our Friday brainstorming meeting. Though no longer tired, sleep was on the brain. So we decided to go with a series of posts on sleep. Stay tuned for 'Five Disorders That Make For Scary Slumbering' and 'Famous Narcoleptics.' Ransom has already asked and answered this question: 'Should You Wake A Sleepwalker?'

And if you're hoping to convince your boss that sleeping on the job is the key to productivity, here are 10 Benefits Of Power Napping, And How To Do It.

Sweet dreams.

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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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