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April 29th, 2008

Dog Thong to iPaw: 15 Pet Products We Can't Believe Exist. The political dog chews are kid of tempting.
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Real-life Superman's survival confounds the experts. A fireman is trapped in a burning building, falls 3 stories, lifts an impossibly heavy beam, and lives to tell the tale.
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Five People Killed By Their Own Inventions. I believe we have found the origin of the phrase, "You're doing it wrong."
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It's a pity that marvelous old architecture is left to rot, often due to lack of funds. But there's beauty to be found in the ruins, as you'll see in this collection of abandoned hotels from all over.
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Posing as a ten-year-old, Bill Geerhart began corresponding with famous people, including several serial killers. Now you can read and enjoy their letters of advice.
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I want a Neo Cube. This simple toy has the ability to suck up all the free time around it.
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The healthiest chain restaurants and what you should order from them. Just in case you absolutely cannot find any other place to eat besides a chain restaurant.
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Living History. Historical reenactment organizations take their anachronisms seriously, whatever era they are in.

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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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