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First-Person View of a Rocket Falling From Space

Ever wonder what it would be like to be inside a rocket falling to Earth? Look no further than this video from SpaceX, which affixed a GoPro to a fairing inside its Falcon 9 rocket to capture beautiful footage of its descent (set to "Blue Danube," naturally).

SpaceX designed the two-stage Falcon 9 to take satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. (The goal is to make the booster stage of the rocket reusable; the company came incredibly close to that goal in an April 2015 test. Fairings might one day be reusable, too.) The rocket has already made a number of successful resupplying missions to the International Space Station, and is currently testing the Dragon to carry astronauts into space—which means that humans could experience this spectacular view firsthand as early as 2017.

SpaceX CEO/CTO Elon Musk doesn't just want to send people into orbit; he also hopes to put humans on the red soil of Mars. "I think we’ve got a decent shot of sending a person to Mars in about 11 or 12 years," he told astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson in April. In a Reddit AMA, he said he's hoping to debut his Mars Colonial Transporter toward the end of 2015. "The Mars transport system will be a completely new architecture," he said. "Good thing we didn't do it sooner, as we have learned a huge amount from Falcon and Dragon."

[h/t Business Insider]

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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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