I always thought Storm was taller, but I guess it’s because she always wears heels? Though that doesn’t explain why the Thing often appears taller.
I thought it was interesting that the movie version of Rocket was much much shorter than the comics (he’s roughly the size of an actual raccoon), in comparison to Wolverine, who is much taller in the movies (Hugh Jackman is 6’2”).
Ever wonder how a Jellyfish “stings”? Turns out, it’s actually like a Needle. Check out this awesome graphic that Emily Weddle created from the latest episode of Smarter Every Day.
As you can see in the graphic, a Jellyfish actually stings you with needles. The process in the photo spans the time of approximately 20 milliseconds. If you watch the video I incorporate timing data so you can perform measurements.
What’s so cool about this is scientists don’t really understand HOW they nematocyst fire. They’re pretty confident that they’re triggered by mechancial contact on the outside, of the tentacle… but they’re NOT sure how the stinger “inflates”. Dr. Seymour thinks it’s too fast to be osmotic. There’s obviously a channel somehow that opens and creates flow and pressure into the organelle. I bet it’s some kind of REALLY quick chemical process.
I think we’re going to call graphics like this “Smarter Every Day InfoGifs”. Emily came up with that name, I can’t take credit for it! Here’s her webpage.
Like virtually everyone else on the Internet, I enjoy a good chart breaking down my favorite pieces of pop culture into their components, cataloguing and organizing them for easy — or at least well-designed — reference. As a result, I tend to be a pretty big fan of the folks over at Pop Chart Lab, who have devoted their considerable graphic skills to doing exactly that. The only problem I’ve had with them is that their first attempt at organizing the names of Gotham City’s population of villains and assorted weirdos had some glaring omissions.
Fortunately for me and that blank spot on my wall, they’ve corrected that in a second version, and it is amazing. Check it out to see where the names of Arkham and Blackgate’s maladjusted miscreants fall, from the Joker (categorized under “Inanimate Objects” and specifically under “Playing cards”) to the extremely obscure Gloves (under “Gloves”).
There are a lot of great things about this, but I think the single best thing about it — or anything — is that it includes my favorite super-obscure Batman villain, Johnny Karaoke, who travels with a running crew of backup singers in go-go dresses called the Geisha Grrls and sings hit songs into a microphone stand that is also a sword. He was created in 2007. He’s on there under “Entertainers,” presumably because “best villain ever” isn’t actually a name category.