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Weekend Links: A Star Is Born ... 25,000 of Them!

Yes, file this under "First World Problems," but I'm sure each of you has experienced at least one of these 21 Absolute Worst Things In The World and felt, for that moment, like it truly was!
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Whether you watch "Mad Men" or not, this New Yorker piece on what "Mad Men" tells us about pop culture and "the forty-year itch" is an interesting observation about our cycle of nostalgia. I'm not sure I'm ready for 1970s fashion to come back in style, though ...
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From Cindy, that picture of the ridiculously photogenic guy running a 10k. I saw talk of this in the week but never saw the pic - I often say that people always look miserable when they're running but this has blown my theory!
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From Phil Plait's blog, "a *ridiculously* awesome pic of 25,000 stars being born."
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I would support any of these 7 Grimm's Fairy Tales That Would Make Great Movies, but at the very least I'm glad I now know more about some of their weirdness! (Light language warning on this one).
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What would it be like if kids narrated the Planet Earth series instead of David Attenborough? The BBC sought to find out. Mostly I couldn't believe the reading comprehension levels of some of these kids ...
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The best thing about the 20 Best Uses of Bob Dylan Songs In Film is that you get to sit around and listen to 20 Bob Dylan songs.
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Remember that interactive spider animation I posted last week? Well get excited*, there's more … (*or get mildly curious because you have some time to kill).
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This video of a very talented street artist in Yangon, Myanmar is inspiring, amazing and also quite soothing.
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Stay tuned - more links tomorrow! In the meantime, send your submissions to FlossyLinks@gmail.com.

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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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