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The Missing Links: Cooking Up An Internet Frenzy

Bad News: You Cut Your Finger.
Good News: That Might Have Been Your First Step Toward Saving A Life.

This kit is one of the most brilliant ideas I’ve seen in a while. The simplicity is remarkable and makes it shockingly easy to find out if you’re a potential hero to someone in need.

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The Viral Recipe: How to Whip Up An Internet Success
By now you’ve probably seen Buzzfeed’s “21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity” post enough times to feel like your humanity is crumbling again. So how exactly do they - and other sites - create such interweb wizardry? To find out you have to reverse engineer a viral sensation and see what it’s made of.

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You’ve Always Wondered: What If I Chuck Some Trash Into This Volcano?
You’ve always wondered that. Admit it. You’re weird. Why do you think about things like that? Weirdo. Well, here, you might as well find out what happens.

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“Secret To Life, Marry An Italian”
So advised the late Nora Ephron in the book “Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure”. Ephron passed away yesterday at the age of 71.

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You May Now Only ‘Fear the Brow’ With the Consent of Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis, the presumptive #1 in this week’s NBA Draft, has a unibrow. And he’s proud of it. He’s so proud, in fact, that he has applied for trademarks on the phrases “Fear the Brow” and “Raise the Brow”. Most people would have just shaved off the middle part and gone with the two brow look. He went in a different direction.

And: Here are some other well-known phrases you might not realize are trademarked.

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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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