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Forever 21 Will Recreate Your Instagrams Using 6400 Wooden Spools

If your Instagram picture is just too good to be stuck within the confines of your phone, consider having it recreated on a giant spool mosaic. Forever 21 asked Brooklyn agency Breakfast to create a digitally synced adjustable billboard that could display images. The result has been launched today and boasts about 200,000 parts, with 6.7 miles of fabric.

From now until next Tuesday, the enormous machine will be pumping out 'grams with the hashtag #F21ThreadScreen on a live feed. You can tune in any time of day to see what kind of pictures people are asking to be spool-ified. 

"Forever 21 was looking to experiment with something quite different than what they've done in the past," says Breakfast co-founder Andrew Zolty. "They gave us a rather open brief, and from the start we knew we wanted to build a web-connected experience that anyone could try from anywhere in the world."

After the moving device receives an image, it goes to work recreating it using its 6400 rotating wooden spools. Each spool has a rainbow cloth ribbon that can display 36 different colors. Think of each module as a pixel that together make up a 80-by-80 "pixel" image. 

The 2000 pound machine was made entirely from scratch and has more parts than a car. You can see more videos and information here

Explains Zolty, "We focused on thread, with it being the most basic element of fashion and quite versatile. We also focused on Instagram, as it's the most artistic/creative of social networks, and Forever 21 has a massive following on there. [With 7.5 million followers, it's the 45th most followed account.] The idea developed from there." 

[h/t: Adweek]

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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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