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Cliff!Whether it was when the show originally aired or in syndication in the years since, odds are that you've seen an episode or two of the long-running sitcom Cheers. If that's the case, then you're most likely familiar with the face pictured here. It's the man, the legend: postal carrier Cliff Clavin, fountain of knowledge and hero to trivia mavens everywhere. Just check out the shape and size of that cranium. Impressive, eh?

What you may not know is that many years ago, Cheers' four main employees - Sam, Diane, Carla and Coach - each drew names from a hat to buy holiday "thank you" gifts for the pub's four key patrons - Norm, Cliff, Frasier, and Paul. Using the clues that follow, can you determine which employee bought which patron's gift?

1. Coach's gift did NOT go to someone with a four-letter name.

2. Frasier received a gift from someone of the opposite sex, but Paul did not.

3. Norm was happy that he didn't get Carla's gift.

HERE is the solution.

ANSWERS:

Carla's gift went to Frasier,
Coach's gift went to Cliff,
Diane's gift went to Norm, and
Sam's gift went to Paul.

 

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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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