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Greatest Facts Contest Extended Through Sunday

We're on the hunt for the Greatest Facts in American History, and we're giving away $1000 in prizes in the hopes you'll help us find it!

Did you know that:

  • Growing up, George Washington celebrated his birthdate as February 11, 1733. But when British colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752, his birthdate was recalculated to the 22nd?
  • Or that until coffee gained popularity, beer was the breakfast beverage of choice in most urban areas of the United States? (Not that we’re endorsing that!)
  • Or that Woodrow Wilson never owned a dog, but he and his wife kept a flock of White House sheep as pets... and natural lawn mowers!

Those are just a few of the facts we learned while researching our new US History book. But we’re guessing you’ve got something even better up your sleeve. All you have to do is share one fact on the form here, and you could win one of ten $100 shopping sprees to the mental_floss store. (Note: only facts submitted through the form will be considered.) But remember, one entry per person.

Contest ends Friday, Oct 15 Sunday, Oct 17, so be sure to get your entry in soon!

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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.
Pop Chart Lab

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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