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Grand Theft Auto and The Price Is Right logos

F-in’ Hilarious Font Friday

Did you know that Grand Theft Auto and The Price is Right use the same typeface? Totally awesome. It’s Pricedown Black (see below) from font house Typodermic. I discovered this using WhatTheFont, a great online tool that helps you find out what typeface a particular type sample uses. You upload an image, ascertain which characters it […]

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Cafe menu with five fonts

Four or Five Fonts Friday

Combining fonts is an art rather than a science, but there are basics that will help you make decisions. has some ideas. (Not to be confused with my blog post Font-Pairs Font Friday, which suggests five websites for AI-generated two-font pairings.) Four Techniques for Combining Fonts Building a palette is an intuitive process, and […]

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Mike Brown

#Ferguson Font Friday

Use any goddamn font you like to help out: Michael Brown Memorial Fund Feed the Students of Ferguson Fund. Ferguson schools have been closed since Monday, and many students depend on school meals. Donations go directly to the St. Louis Area Food Bank. For information about volunteering, go here. Attend (or organize) a nonviolent demonstration […]

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Graph: Fallout: miles from ground zero vs. siz of bomb in kilotons

How to shelter from fallout after a nuclear attack on your city

From Expand Terrorists have detonated a low-yield nuclear warhead in your city. How long should you hide, and where, to avoid the worst effects of radioactive fallout? We talked to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory atmospheric scientist Michael Dillon to find out. Yesterday Dillon published a paper on this topic in the Proceedings of the […]

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Internet Population and Penetration

What the World Would Look Like If Countries Were As Big As Their Online Populations, and Other Great Charts

Helloooooo China! The Internet we each see every day is an infinitesimally tiny sliver of the whole—the parts we have curated for ourselves, the parts our network of friends and family sends to us, and the sites that we have made parts of our routines. But beyond this micro-level editing, there are also macro forces […]

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Size comparison of stars

Movie Monsters, Tallest Buildings in 1896, Solar System Planets and of Course Spaceships: Size Comparison Charts

Size matters. Especially when it comes to starships, giant monsters, buildings, and . . . well, pretty much anything else that you can obsessively categorize using common measurement systems. Here are some of the most outrageously detailed size comparison charts you’ll ever see. Spaceship Comparison Chart by Dirk Loechel Check the chart in full size […]

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How to Recognize the Artists of Paintings

By flickerdart on Imgur: Titian If the images have a dark background and everyone has tortured expressions on their faces, it’s Titian. Peter Paul Rubens If everyone in the paintings has enormous asses, then it’s Rubens. Amerighi da Caravaggio If all the men look like cow-eyed curly-haired women, it’s Caravaggio. Pieter Bruegel If the paintings […]

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