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Ride Along on the Future Tallest Roller Coaster in the World

When it opens on Orlando, Florida's International Drive in 2017, the Skyscraper will unseat Six Flags' Kingda Ka in New Jersey as the tallest roller coaster in the world. At more than 500 feet, the coaster will be so tall that its construction will require special permission from the Federal Aviation Administration. You can see what it will be like to ride the Skyscraper by watching the animation above.

Riders will experience inversions and barrel rolls as the 50 story-Polercoaster spirals around a central tower at speeds up to 65mph, held in only by waist restraints (shoulder harnesses would ruin the view). In an upgrade of the typical screaming coaster photo, they'll be able to purchase video of their rides.

"The unique design of the coaster means more incredible, heart-pounding inside and outside loops, dives, spirals and inversions in a vertical area than riders have ever before experienced,” said Bill Kitchen, founder of U.S. Thrill Rides, which is developing the coaster, to the Orlando Sentinel. Michael Kitchen, president of the company, called the ride “an absolute cutting-edge engineering marvel that will deliver pure adrenaline unlike any roller coaster in the world today.”

For those who are looking for a more calm experience, the facility—called Skyplex—will also have a restaurant and an 535-foot-high observation deck accessible by glass elevators.

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26 Facts About LEGO Bricks

Since it first added plastic, interlocking bricks to its lineup, the Danish toy company LEGO (from the words Leg Godt for “play well”) has inspired builders of all ages to bring their most imaginative designs to life. Sets have ranged in size from scenes that can be assembled in a few minutes to 5000-piece behemoths depicting famous landmarks. And tinkerers aren’t limited to the sets they find in stores. One of the largest LEGO creations was a life-sized home in the UK that required 3.2 million tiny bricks to construct.

In this episode of the List Show, John Green lays out 26 playful facts about one of the world’s most beloved toy brands. To hear about the LEGO black market, the vault containing every LEGO set ever released, and more, check out the video above then subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up-to-date with the latest flossy content.

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Of Buckeyes and Butternuts: 29 States With Weird Nicknames for Their Residents
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Tracing a word’s origin and evolution can yield fascinating historical insights—and the weird nicknames used in some states to describe their residents are no exception. In the Mental Floss video above, host John Green explains the probable etymologies of 29 monikers that describe inhabitants of certain states across the country.

Some of these nicknames, like “Hoosiers” and “Arkies” (which denote residents of Indiana and Arkansas, respectively) may have slightly offensive connotations, while others—including "Buckeyes," "Jayhawks," "Butternuts," and "Tar Heels"—evoke the military histories of Ohio, Kansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. And a few, like “Muskrats” and “Sourdoughs,” are even inspired by early foods eaten in Delaware and Alaska. ("Goober-grabber" sounds goofier, but it at least refers to peanuts, which are a common crop in Georgia, as well as North Carolina and Arkansas.)

Learn more fascinating facts about states' nicknames for their residents by watching the video above.

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