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The Quick 10: 10 Reasons Jason English Will Make a Great Dad

As you may or may not know, our own Jason English is due to become a first-time dad pretty much any minute now, so we thought we'd honor him with the Quick 10 today. We consulted our mental_floss staffers to see why they thought JE would make a good dad "“ here are the results.

10 Reasons Jason English Will Make a Great Dad

1. Will read Baby English the current values of his baseball cards instead of bedtime stories.

2. Instead of repeatedly watching the Wiggles and the Doodlebops, Jason will make his kid watch Sports Night DVDs over and over.

3. Will be a great SAT prep source due to his unique ability to explain everything in analogies. Unfortunately, his kid will have to travel back in time to 1997 to find that section on an SAT exam.

4. Has a killer Big Bird costume to hand down to his first-born. (For other embarrassing childhood photos of _floss readers and staffers, check out this post from Ransom)

5. Will be ready for child #2 after honing mediating skills on the baby and Bailey.

6. When being the boss doesn't work for him, he can always turn to The Boss instead (Jason was quite excited about this article)

7. Already has extensive scouting experience to pass on to English Jr.

8. Will turn kid into a champion debater by exposing him or her to the McLaughlin Group at an early age. (Mangesh says Jason has a "bizarre fascination" with the show)

9. Can keep the baby entertained with his first-hand account of Noah's Ark.

10. Is excited to have the baby despite lack of incentives.

And, as a side note, we fully expect the baby to be dressed exclusively in mental_floss onesies.

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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.

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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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