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This Range Rover Can Be Driven Remotely With an App

Remember how awesome it was to play with remote-controlled cars as a kid? Thanks to Range Rover UK, you may soon be able to recreate that experience as an adult. The automaker has released a Range Rover Sport prototype whose steering, brakes, and throttle can be controlled via a smartphone app.  

But it’s not all fun and games. This feature was created to help drivers navigate their vehicles through “challenging terrain or even difficult parking situations, whilst walking alongside the car.” The app also offers multi-point turn assistance, which allows the car to autonomously maneuver itself. There are safety limits in place: while using the app, the vehicle's speed is set at 4 MPH, and the smartphone "driver" has to be within a 10-foot radius. 

Range Rover has not yet made this prototype available to the public. The company hopes to develop this technology even further, and eventually add voice commands. 

[h/t: TechCrunch.com]

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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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