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Watch Stunning Color Footage of Berlin Rebuilding After WWII

Just two months after the war, First Motion Picture Unit—the U.S. Army's film production unit—traveled around Europe to record the damage done by the war. Dubbed "Special Film Project 186," it was the last project of Owen Crump, a screenwriter experienced in propaganda and war movies. Thanks to Kodachrome color film in the crew's cameras, the whole thing was shot in vibrant color.

Courtesy of Chronos Media (produced coincidentally by Kronos Media), we can see the beginnings of Berlin's healing process. The tone of the film is somber, yet optimistic. You can see mothers pushing their baby carriages past the wreckage and young people forming assembly lines to clear out the rubble. 

This video is only a snippet from the project; Crump and his crew shot hundreds of hours of film. The majority of the unused raw footage sits in archives.

Some of the mysterious film includes horrific scenes from the concentration camps and interviews with Nazi officials. Only a handful of people saw the footage from the camps, including Ronald Reagan and Technical Sergeant Malvin Wald, who described the experience“Even though it was a summer day, Reagan came out shivering—we all did. We’d never seen anything like that.”

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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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