Weekend Links: Knockoff Superheroes

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Manufacturing superhero toys can be a lucrative business venture, but marketing unconvincing bootleg action figures of “Specialman” and “Spiderbat” to save on licensing fees might not be so profitable after all. To their credit, the creators of the “Sense of Right Alliance” were pretty inventive in reimagining a superhero lineup that includes Shrek, King Kong, and the Blue Power Ranger.

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“Vintage” fashion and filters make it hard to tell whether these photos are from Woodstock (1969) or Bonnaroo (2000s).

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Supercells are the most rare and potentially the most severe type of thunderstorm, as well as the subject of this gorgeous thousand-frame time-lapse video of a Texas storm.

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America’s 50 Worst Charities are ones to avoid when donating to causes, no matter how appealing their pitches.

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Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan dropped an unsubtle ‘80s power-pop reference in a recent court decision. No statistics yet exist to measure how many people in the room were distracted by the song playing in their heads.

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The audio team in charge of developing Facebook’s “sound profile”—that is, the distinctive tones of notification noises—deliberated for a while before settling on a chord that spells out F-A-C-E. Get it?

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The recent news about the NSA’s unsavory surveillance has caused sales of George Orwell’s 1984 to jump by about 10,000 percent (yep, that’s the right number of zeroes), but this isn’t the first time the publishing business has gotten a boost from current events.

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Before the Internet, there was the Mundaneum: a searchable index of the world’s books and periodicals comprised of 12 million 3”x5” index cards.

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