This just in, from the silly-but-kinda-cool department. Mark.
> From: Francesc Rossello <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 09:27:04 GMT (24kb)
> Title: Marvel Universe looks almost like a real social network
> Authors: R. Alberich, J. Miro-Julia, F. Rossello
> Comments: 14 pages, 3 figures
> We investigate the structure of the Marvel Universe collaboration network,
> where two Marvel characters are considered linked if they jointly appear in the
> same Marvel comic book. We show that this network is clearly not a random
> network, and that it has most, but not all, characteristics of "real-life"
> collaboration networks, such as movie actors or scientific collaboration
> networks. The study of this artificial universe that tries to look like a real
> one, helps to understand that there are underlying principles that make
> real-life networks have definite characteristics.
> ( http://arXiv.org/abs/cond-mat/0202174 , 24kb)
Prof. M. E. J. Newman
Santa Fe Institute
Santa Fe, New Mexico