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This Pocket-Sized Camera Has 16 Built-In Lenses

DSLRs are designed to work with a multitude of lenses, but it can be a chore to lug around a variety of lenses and a camera body. Light Company wants to help photography buffs take a load off their shoulders with a compact alternative that fits in a pocket. 

The Light L16 Camera is the size of a point-and-shoot or smartphone, but it has 16 lenses with fixed focal lengths, 10 of which fire at the same time. The camera then stitches the photos into one high resolution image. "It's like having a camera body, zoom, and 3 fast prime lenses right in your pocket," reads the product description. The technology allows users to change the focal point of an image after taking the shot, either with the built-in editing software and 5-inch touchscreen, or by connecting the device via WiFi to use editing software on a computer. 

"What we’re really doing is repurposing technology found in cell phones," Light CEO Dave Grannan told Forbes. "We’re taking multiple small, inexpensive camera modules and putting them into a high-quality camera that’s a fraction of the cost of traditional big glass optics.”

Pre-orders for the Light L16 are now open and will set you back $1299.

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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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