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NASA Releases Super High-Resolution Video of Jupiter

With all the recent hullabaloo about water on Mars, being able to spot Uranus in the night sky, and flying past Pluto, all the other fascinating worlds in our solar system have been neglected. Well, it’s time to remember how awesome Jupiter is. NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center has just released an ultra-high resolution animation of the fifth planet based on observations from the Hubble Space Telescope. 

These images are the first to come out of a new Hubble program that will study each of the outer planets (Jupiter and beyond) each year, analyzing their atmosphere, storms, winds, and clouds to watch how they change over time. In Jupiter’s case, researchers have determined that the Great Red Spot is still shrinking—its long axis is about 150 miles shorter than it was last year. They also discovered a rare wave north of the gas giant's equator that is similar to one in Earth’s atmosphere that sometimes appears when cyclones are forming.

Make sure to watch in high resolution! 

[h/t: The Verge]

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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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