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Footage Shows Earliest-Born Person Ever Captured on Film

Last week, we wrote about the person who might be the earliest-born individual to have their photo taken, and now we’ve come across the woman who might be the earliest-born person ever caught on film.

While some believe the distinction belongs to Rebecca Clark, who was born in 1804 and filmed in 1912, it’s possible someone else, born in the 1700s, earned the title first.

In 1905, Yanaki and Milton Manaki—pioneers in the world of photography and film—bought a Bioscope camera in London and brought it back home to what is now Greece. There, they filmed a silent, 60-second black and white segment—the first ever motion picture in the Balkans—and captured their 114-year-old grandmother weaving.

There’s no way to verify Despina Manaki’s birth year (it would be 1791) beyond the testimony of the Manakis, but the 13-year lead on Clark makes it pretty likely that even if the date isn’t precise, she’s probably got a secure grasp on the landmark moment in history.

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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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