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Incredible Drone Footage of Frozen Niagara Falls

Earlier this week, we posted photos of things that had frozen over, which included Niagara Falls. Now, thanks to drone footage shot by NBC, you can see the frigid falls up close. The water surging beneath the ice formations is quite the spectacle.

According to Snopes, cold weather has kept water from going over the falls only once—and it wasn't because they were frozen solid. On March 30, 1848, the Buffalo Express reported:

The Falls of Niagara can be compared to nothing but a mere mill dam this morning ... Last night at 11 o'clock the factories fed from the waters of this majestic river were in full operation, and at 12 o'clock the water was shut off, the wheel suddenly ceased their revolutions, and everything was hushed into silence. Various are the conjectures as to the cause; the most reasonable of which is that Lake Erie must be making a grand delivery of ice, and ... the mouth of the Niagara, although large, is not quite enough to take in the whole at once, and that the consequences are, back water.

People flocked to see the dry falls, and, according to Wired, traversed the riverbed on foot and horseback. The owner of the Maid in the Mist sightseeing boat even took the opportunity to blast out some rocks that had threatened his vessel. The falls would remain that way until the evening of March 31, when the ice dam broke and water began to flow over the falls once again.

[h/t Thrillist]

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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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