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Original Citizen Kane Scripts Are Going Up for Auction

On September 29, film fanatics can bid on a piece of cinema history: Orson Welles’s personal screenplays for Citizen Kane.

Replete with stray notes, changing character names, and progressing plot points, the three manuscripts help trace the film’s evolution from a fledgling screenplay originally titled American to the groundbreaking film that earned nine Academy Award nominations in 1942. They’re expected to fetch $20,000 to $30,000 each, according to Profiles in History, the Calabasas, California-based auction house responsible for the sale.

Bidders can choose from Citizen Kane’s earliest first draft, which was written in 1940 by Herman J. Mankiewicz, Welles's collaborator; a fleshed out second draft; or the shooting script, which was revised by Welles himself and includes handwritten annotations, directing and camera notes, and the signatures of the movie’s stars.

According to The Guardian, a close friend of Welles’s acquired the screenplays from the famed director before his death in 1985.

Other Welles memorabilia for sale includes a proposed TV adaption of Citizen Kane from the 1950s, an original transcript of the 1938 Mercury Theatre radio broadcast of War of the Worlds, and the apology letter that CBS released in response to the mass War of the Worlds-induced hysteria. 

[h/t The Guardian]

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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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