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Weekend Links: Happy Birthday, Spider-Man

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Fifty years ago this month, Marvel Comics released its first issue of the The Amazing Spider-Man. To commemorate the occasion, The Onion has compiled a look back at the past half-century of the web-slinger’s history that may not be, uh, completely accurate. (June 1975: Spider-Man learns to swim.)

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March Madness started this past Thursday, and New York magazine has a rundown of the top ten most compelling team trivia as well as the players worth watching. It’s useful, whether you’re a diehard Duke fan or someone who put a few dollars into the office pool knowing you’ll never get it back.

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These 20 embarrassingly bad book covers do deserve to be judged, and judged harshly.

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In any relationship, it’s hard to let someone go. In a book club, it can be even harder. This guide will help you figure when to bid adieu to That Guy in your local reading group – especially if he eats all the cupcakes and texts during discussion.

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Breaking nutritional news: butter isn’t as bad for you as you think! Read up on it while I start measuring sugar and pre-heating the oven.

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In related news, a daily habit of drinking coffee or green tea can decrease your risk of having a stroke, so relax and have a cuppa for your health.

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American poet and social activist Langston Hughes had a hobby on the side of collecting “rent party” cards, which advertised social gatherings with music and dancing, whose hosts charged an entry fee to help offset their rent.

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People-watching is a classic American pastime. These street photos taken on the sidewalks of New York in the 1960s and ‘70s, featuring elderly women, hare krishnas, and a minister rocking some shades, remind us why.

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