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I'm here to announce the winners of yesterday's eBay scavenger hunt, "What Will You Find For A T-Shirt?"

First of all, give yourselves a round of applause. Great response, in quality and quantity. Picking winners was incredibly hard; I wish I could give you all free t-shirts and back issues. But that's why I'm not allowed near the order fulfillment center.

The first runner-up, and winner of the mental_floss back issue of her choice, is Heather. It may not look like much, but this M.C. Hammer snap bracelet takes me right back to a time when we wore snap bracelets and listened to "U Can't Touch This" on repeat. Extra points were awarded for the seller description: "Hammer pants and attitude not included."

And the winner is...

Beethoven.JPGJaneM and her Diamond Created from Lock of Beethoven's Hair (Carbon). I'm not sure how this works, but I loved this paragraph: "Reznikoff holds the Guinness World Record for the largest and most valuable collection of celebrity hair. Reznikoff's collection also includes such figures as Napoleon, Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. In total, the collection is valued at over $5 million dollars."

Stay tuned for a post on the most famous celebrity hair.

beethoven3.jpgTo the victors go the t-shirt and back issue. JaneM and Heather, I'll be emailing you both to get your address and prize of choice. So take a look around our store. And just because you chose a Beethoven item doesn't mean you have to choose our Beethoven shirt.

We'll do this again soon.

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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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