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"¢ Jan from Atlanta (quickly becoming one of my favorite Flossers) has sent in these pictures of money being folded in ways that look like celebrities. Pretty darn cool.

"¢ Steve C has pointed out that we at mental_floss love us some parasites. If you can't get your fill, check out this article, with an amazing video at the bottom of an ant losing its head.

"¢ Apparently, listening to Sean Paul can give you seizures. I don't know about you guys, but I can think of a few other bands or artists that might be potential culprits. (Thanks Jaclyn)

"¢ In case you were wondering, here's a detailed explanation of how snow makers work. If your main concern is not ski trails but the economy, here's a detailed explanation of interest rates.

"¢ Not many of my close friends have gotten married, so I have thus far avoided the dreaded Bridesmaid Dress Debacle. Here are pictures of people who haven't been so lucky.

"¢ Dail from My Favorite Place (St. George Island, Florida) has sent in this little distraction regarding cow abduction. What really gets me are the pictures and information, i.e. the time some people have put into this faux cause. Like this site, which is one of my all-time favorites.

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"¢ Another clip from the Why We Write series. This one is from Cindy Chupack, one of the writers of Sex and the City.

"¢ Certainly most of you have had trouble with things breaking down, and with repairmen who don't always know the best way to, well, repair. Kevin's friend had a similar problem, when a repairman fixed her lack of hot water by using an extension cord. In the shower.

"¢ I really love cheese. And I'm in good company "“ Ricky Gervais is known for eating hardly anything but cheese sandwiches. For those who can't get enough, behold! A drum-set made of cheese. Bonus points to anyone who can send in an mp3 of it being played. (Thanks to Edward, who was also the 19th person to send us a link, winning himself a free mental_floss t-shirt! We'll be in touch.)

"¢ If you have Seasonal Affective Disorder, you will not want to move to Barrow, Alaska, where the sun hides out for a full three months. Here's a video of the first glimpse of sun the other day, as well as an interview with a resident who claims it's really not all that bad.

"¢ According to MarketingForGood.net, Barry Diller has spent $140 million to convince you to switch from Google to Ask.com. I'm guessing you didn't. How would you have spent that $140 million more effectively?

"¢ Some things just shouldn't be said, some things just shouldn't be worn (see Bridesmaid link above), and some things just shouldn't be gummi. Have some dignity!

"¢ If you thought the ads I posted last weekend were scary, take a gander at this bad boy. Not really scary so much as awesome.

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"¢ Speaking of scary "“ Teddy Bears, inside out. Definitely not cool for anyone looking for childhood nostalgia time.

"¢ Now, if you're in the mood for some cute cuddly things, you need check out a blog dedicated to pictures of snoozing pupppies. Awww.

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"¢ Have you joined the "I Read Mental Floss" Facebook group? It's kind of a big deal.

"¢ NPR did a report on famous six-word memoirs (such as Hemingway's "For sale: baby shoes, never worn"). But, as Flossy reader Swapna points out, as good as the famous ones are, some of the reader comments are even better. Does anyone feel inspired to post their own?

"¢ And finally, Jason recently announced the "mental_floss reader photo of the week" contest. If you have a Flickr account, you can tag pics you think we should see (the tag: "flossphotos"). Looking through the submissions, I don't quite know what to think. Jason voted this photo his favorite:

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Courtesy of Old Man Musings, who also has a blog. Jason's runner-up is from regular commenter fixedgear (see it here). But you guys should take a look at the good (and really weird) submissions, and let us know who you think deserves the title. [Note: You can put links in the comments if you omit the 'http://www' part.]

Keep the links coming! Email me at flossylinks@gmail.com. Enjoy the weekend!

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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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