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Exactly How Big Is Our Solar System?
Ummmm, really big.

And: How big is infinity? Ummmm, also extremely big.

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But If You Want to See the Other Kind of Stars
Those of you who love that grandiose pomp that is Inside the Actor’s Studio will love this remix of the show’s closing questionnaire.

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Olymp-Alikes
If each of these Olympic athletes seems really familiar, it might be because they're leading a double life as a cartoon character, actor, or little kid. Just look at these doppelgangers and you'll see what I mean.

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Strange Science: Staring Contests
In order to win staring contests (and I know this is high on everyone’s priority list), you’ve got to understand the science of staring.

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Maxwell’s Silver Hammer Came Down Upon His Head
...And yet it still didn't make this list of songs that take place in a court of law.

If you aren’t familiar with that particular song by The Beatles, check out this animated video accompanying the upbeat ditty about a guy named Maxwell that kills people - including the judge in a courtroom - with a silver hammer. It’s a weird and wonderful song.

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August 9, 1974: Nixon Flashes the Double Peace Sign
Richard Nixon resigned the presidency 38 years ago today and left the White House by helicopter - but not before flashing the iconic double peace sign to the watching crowd. I still can’t figure out why he has such a huge smile on his face.

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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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