11 Perfect Pop Chart Lab Posters for Every Person on Your Gift List

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It’s no secret that we love Pop Chart Lab and the satisfying symmetry their posters bring to our homes and offices. Pay that satisfaction forward this holiday season by picking one of these posters for the obsessives in your life—there's something for everyone.

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1. For the Space Nerd: The Chart of Cosmic Exploration


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The Chart of Cosmic Exploration maps our solar system and how we’ve explored it in massive and satisfying detail, making it the perfect gift for astronomers and star gazers alike. PCL's History of Space Travel poster is another epic piece of art for those who love space, history, and adventure with equal enthusiasm.

2. For the Voracious Reader: 100 Essential Novels Scratch off Chart


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PCL can help bibliophiles keep track of their accomplishments with this scratch off poster of 100 classic novels, including The Lord of the Rings, Native Son, 1984, Pride and Prejudice, and more; removing the gold foil reveals "a narrative specific design." Your book-obsessed recipient might also dig this chart of Diagrammed Sentences featuring the first lines of famous novels from The Road to The Bell Jar.

3. For the Beer Enthusiast: The Very, Very Many Varieties of Beer


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This poster—which features "89 varieties of beer with over 200 representative quaffs" and notes what glassware is best for each brew—is the perfect gift for the craft beer loving, IPA drinking, lager and ale connoisseur. Craft beer enthusiasts will also enjoy this scratch off poster.

4. For the Bean Freak: The Compendious Coffee Chart


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Those who are compulsively compelled to have a cup of coffee will love the Compendious Coffee chart, which categorizes every step from bean to brew. For those with a more refined taste, PCL also offers the Exceptional Expressions of Espresso.

5. For the Film Connoisseur: 100 Essential Films Scratch Off Chart


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Challenge the film buff in your life to complete PCL's 100 Essential Films scratch off poster, which features classics including E.T., Titanic, Rocky, Blade Runner, The Godfather, and more—then inspire them to whip up a cocktail from their fave flicks using this Cocktail Chart of Film and Literature.

6. For Rock 'n Roll Fan: Come Together: An Instrumental Investigation of the Beatles Catalog


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A beautiful, colorful cacophony of the Beatles catalog, PCL’s “Come Together” maps the math of the instrumentation of every song the Fab Four ever released. Music fans will also love the Visual Compendium of Guitars.

7. For the Ocean Enthusiast: The Spectacular Survey of Sharks


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Allow your gift recipient to live every week like it’s Shark Week with PCL’s Spectacular Survey of Sharks. Another under the sea option? PCL's Whales print.

8. For the Architecture Obsessed: The Architecture of American Houses


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Whether your loved one is into architecture or American history, iconography, or imagery, PCL has them covered with this print, which features home styles from the Queen Anne to Gothic Revival and everything in between. If skyscrapers are more their style, they'll dig this poster featuring schematics from 100 superstructures.

9. For the Sneaker Freak: A Visual Compendium of Sneakers


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This is the perfect print for your fly friend who always tries to stay fresh. Finish the fit with this print of some of the most fire jerseys from the history of basketball.

10. For the Animal Lover: The Diagram of Dogs


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If your loved one a frequent visitor to the Rate Dogs twitter account, they'll love this print, which features 181 good dogs. Or, if cats are more their thing, PCL has a poster for that, too.

11. For the Design Nerd: A Stylistic Survey of Graphic Design


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This poster charts the history of graphic design starting in the Victorian era and covering art deco, pop art, heroic realism, new wave, and more. For those who double down on design, PCL also offers their Taxonomy of Typography chart.

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6 Amazing Facts About Sally Ride

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You know Sally Ride as the first American woman to travel into space. But here are six things you might not know about the groundbreaking astronaut, who was born on May 26, 1951.

1. Sally Ride proved there is such thing as a stupid question.

When Sally Ride made her first space flight in 1983, she was both the first American woman and the youngest American to make the journey to the final frontier. Both of those distinctions show just how qualified and devoted Ride was to her career, but they also opened her up to a slew of absurd questions from the media.

Journalist Michael Ryan recounted some of the sillier questions that had been posed to Ride in a June 1983 profile for People. Among the highlights:

Q: “Will the flight affect your reproductive organs?”
A: “There’s no evidence of that.”

Q: “Do you weep when things go wrong on the job?”
A: “How come nobody ever asks (a male fellow astronaut) those questions?"

Forget going into space; Ride’s most impressive achievement might have been maintaining her composure in the face of such offensive questions.

2. Had she taken Billie Jean King's advice, Sally Ride might have been a professional tennis player.

When Ride was growing up near Los Angeles, she played more than a little tennis, and she was seriously good at it. She was a nationally ranked juniors player, and by the time she turned 18 in 1969, she was ranked 18th in the whole country. Tennis legend Billie Jean King personally encouraged Ride to turn pro, but she went to Swarthmore instead before eventually transferring to Stanford to finish her undergrad work, a master’s, and a PhD in physics.

King didn’t forget about the young tennis prodigy she had encouraged, though. In 1984 an interviewer playfully asked the tennis star who she’d take to the moon with her, to which King replied, “Tom Selleck, my family, and Sally Ride to get us all back.”

3. Home economics was not Sally Ride's best subject.

After retiring from space flight, Ride became a vocal advocate for math and science education, particularly for girls. In 2001 she founded Sally Ride Science, a San Diego-based company that creates fun and interesting opportunities for elementary and middle school students to learn about math and science.

Though Ride was an iconic female scientist who earned her doctorate in physics, just like so many other youngsters, she did hit some academic road bumps when she was growing up. In a 2006 interview with USA Today, Ride revealed her weakest subject in school: a seventh-grade home economics class that all girls had to take. As Ride put it, "Can you imagine having to cook and eat tuna casserole at 8 a.m.?"

4. Sally Ride had a strong tie to the Challenger.

Ride’s two space flights were aboard the doomed shuttle Challenger, and she was eight months deep into her training program for a third flight aboard the shuttle when it tragically exploded in 1986. Ride learned of that disaster at the worst possible time: she was on a plane when the pilot announced the news.

Ride later told AARP the Magazine that when she heard the midflight announcement, she got out her NASA badge and went to the cockpit so she could listen to radio reports about the fallen shuttle. The disaster meant that Ride wouldn’t make it back into space, but the personal toll was tough to swallow, too. Four of the lost members of Challenger’s crew had been in Ride’s astronaut training class.

5. Sally Ride had no interest in cashing in on her worldwide fame.

A 2003 profile in The New York Times called Ride one of the most famous women on Earth after her two space flights, and it was hard to argue with that statement. Ride could easily have cashed in on the slew of endorsements, movie deals, and ghostwritten book offers that came her way, but she passed on most opportunities to turn a quick buck.

Ride later made a few forays into publishing and endorsements, though. She wrote or co-wrote more than a half-dozen children’s books on scientific themes, including To Space and Back, and in 2009 she appeared in a print ad for Louis Vuitton. Even appearing in an ad wasn’t an effort to pad her bank account, though; the ad featured an Annie Leibovitz photo of Ride with fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Jim Lovell gazing at the moon and stars. According to a spokesperson, all three astronauts donated a “significant portion” of their modeling fees to Al Gore’s Climate Project.

6. Sally Ride was the first openly LGBTQ astronaut.

Ride passed away on July 23, 2012, at the age of 61, following a long (and very private) battle with pancreatic cancer. While Ride's brief marriage to fellow astronaut Steve Hawley was widely known to the public (they were married from 1982 to 1987), it wasn't until her death that Ride's longtime relationship with Tam O'Shaughnessy—a childhood friend and science writer—was made public. Which meant that even in death, Ride was still changing the world, as she is the world's first openly LGBTQ astronaut.