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Weekend Links: 88 Books That Shaped America

The Library of Congress has chosen 88 books that shaped America, do you agree with their choices? They are willing to take your suggestions as well!
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From James (link-hero this week): "For some reason this one made me laugh out loud.  Maybe it is my memory of seeing John Boorman's 'Excalibur' and hearing this during one of the pivotal scenes - or maybe it was the memory of one of the Stanley Cup winners using O Fortuna to present the Cup to their team at the first game of the following season, but for whatever reason, I will now be singing this as Gopher Tuna - sorry Carl Orff." Point is, this misheard lyrics video is hilarious.
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Here's a dose of creepy for you - famous American death masks. Reminds me a bit of Victorian death photography
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Is it a bird? Or a plane? No, it's a dragon fight in the heart of Orion!
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A fascinating graphic of tornado tracks in the United States through history, highlighted for intensity. Also a guide for where not to live if tornados are your #1 fear.
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I know the Sh*t People Say meme died a long time ago, but I think its worth resurrecting for this incarnation which focuses on American soccer fans (I am guilty of a few of these but it did make me laugh). KAKA!
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Classic Movie Stars Spending Time With Their Pets. Get the Kleenex ready if you watch that video at the end with Jimmy Stewart talking about his beloved dog.
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"It's the economy, stupid!" At least, that's the advice that could have possibly prevented these Ten Economic Blunders from History.
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In case you missed it, the San Diego fireworks show had a mishap that resulted in everything exploding in 15 seconds. Honestly I have always wondered what it would look like if they just set off all fireworks in a mass explosion … now I know! Thank you, City of San Diego!
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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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