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7 Videos of Snow Melting to Help You Cope With Winter 

It might be cold and miserable now, but spring has to come eventually (right?). Live vicariously through these videos of snow being whisked away. It'll become a reality soon, I promise. 

1. Melting snow

Watch in awe as six feet of snow melts before your eyes. 

2. Shovel faster

This guy has devised an easy—and a kind of obvious—substitution for shoveling. Speaking as someone who has built a snowman before, I have no idea why I haven't thought of this!

3. Plants emerging

There's nothing more satisfying than watching flora emerge from their icy prisons, as the sun warms the earth. Be free, little plants!

4. Snowfall and cleanup

This video shows both the snow buildup and the eventual clean up. It's only fun to watch because you don't have to help shovel.

5. An entire year of weather

Eirik Solheim has a knack for making year-long timelapses. The video starts with winter, so you know it only gets better as it goes on. Goodbye bitter cold!

6. More melting snow

Last year, Slate's Phil Plait made a teasing video in response to conspiracy theories suggesting the snowstorm in Atlanta wasn't real snow. "Given the huge government-engineered fake snow chemtrail nanobot conspiracy theory, when it snowed here in Boulder I decided to see for myself if the snow was real or not," he writes on his YouTube page. To create the timelapse of snow melting in his backyard, he took one photo every 20 seconds for 4.5 hours. The results are satisfying.

7. Un-Melt

You're probably not in the mood to see snow materialize from the ground, but this short video is pretty cool. It was shot over the course of several weeks by filmmaker Tony Round for a Gizmodo video challenge.

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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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