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December 26th, 2007

How wonderful that Santa left you a new computer for Christmas! Lifehacker has plenty of links to help you set it up properly.
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Interactive Flash Physics. I know there's an opportunity to learn things here, but I had so much fun slinging things around, the time just flew by!
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How would you like a batcave in your basement, complete with a bat-theater? A retired naturalist has just that, a completely batty home theater in her cellar.
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Advice on choosing your college major. This is attributed to Dave Barry, so it won't be what your academic advisor will tell you.
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Sports journalism doesn't get the highest respect in j-school, but have you looked at the salaries sports writer's make? No wonder they love what they do!
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Which Do You Prefer? One Cat? Or A Thousand Rats? We're talkng about your grocery store.
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How to prevent lost luggage. Useful tips from a former airline baggage agent.
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Jungle girl and monkey boy. Although increasingly rare, these modern examples of feral children boggle the mind.

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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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