April 19, 2012
Links: Avengers Posters, The Olympics, Germ Porn, and More

1. Mondo is releasing a limited series of posters based on Marvel’s The Avengers. Seven posters will be produced in all and two of them have gone on sale. Olly Moss did the BLACK WIDOW above and Tom Whalen did a cool job with HAWKEYE. My guess is there will be posters for Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man and Thor and then a team poster. Posters are $45 is you’re lucky enough to get one. [via firstshowing]

2. Watch a Donald Duck short as if it were made in the Dogme 95-style of Lars Von Trier. It’s a little slow to start, but gets really humorous two minutes in. Very clever idea.

3. “Eyeless shrimp and fish with lesions are becoming common, with BP oil pollution believed to be the likely cause.”

4. Dan Frommer reports NBC will finally live-stream the entire 2012 London Olympics. The good news comes with several depressing caveats, however.

5. For two years, A.J. Jacobs went on a quest to be as healthy as humanly possible. That meant revamping every part of his physical life, including diet, exercise, and his relationship with germs.

Most bacteria are harmless. In fact, human beings are mostly germs. We are walking around with 90 percent germ cells, 10 percent human cells. They’re in our gut, in our mouth, in our eyebrows.

“There are 156,000 categories of germs around, but only a small percentage are pathogenic. Maybe 2,000 of these,” [said Dr. Philip Tierno, the director of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology at New York University Langone Medical Center.]

Ah, but those 2,000 – you don’t want them anywhere near you. Consider that infectious disease is the second leading cause of death in the world. Here’s a disturbing statistic: Every year, 100,000 people in the world die because of infections they got at the hospital. Another one: Every year, germs in food sicken an astounding 76 million in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

6. Apparently, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, President Warren Harding and Harvey Firestone enjoyed camping together. This is oddly weird and strangely comforting and yes, all I could think about was Brokeback Mountain when looking at the photo series.

7. Brent Schlender interviewed Steve Jobs several times during the past 25 years. He recently rediscovered the audio tapes of those interviews and sheds light on what he calls “the wilderness years” of Jobs’ life — the years between his departure from Apple in 1985 to his return in 1996.

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