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March 6th, 2008

A new study shows it's not always best to keep your options open. But people want to anyway, because it's painful to lose one.
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7 Insane Conspiracies That Actually Happened. If these plots were from the movies instead of history, you'd say they weren't believable.
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How To Stop a 500-Foot Monster. A two-part post advising the military on ways to defeat Godzilla and his cohorts.
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In the game 10 Gnomes, you've got ten minutes to find ten gnomes hidden in a panoramic photograph. Click an area to zoom in, and click near the bottom of the picture to zoom out.
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Deliberate flooding in the Grand Canyon. After damming up the Colorado River, we have to artificially recreate natural floods to keep the ecosystem the way nature intended it.
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Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories has working circuit boards for their new business cards. See how they made it, what it can do, and how you can design one yourself!
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Does your computer or entertainment system look like a chaotic spaghetti factory? Then read the Top 10 Ways to Get Cables Under Control.
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Math explains the "beer goggles" effect. Of course, if you've had a few beers, math becomes more difficult.

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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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