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Giant, Fully-Functioning LEGO Caravan Breaks World Record

A team of 12 professional builders broke the world record for largest caravan built with interlocking plastic bricks last week. The fully-functional camper was created with 215,158 LEGO bricks in Birmingham, England and took more than 1000 hours over 12 weeks to complete. Motorcycle racer Carl “Foggy” Fogarty and BBC TV presenter Matt Baker ceremoniously attached the last bricks. Now fans can take in the project, measuring 7.2 feet tall by 11.8 feet long, at the LEGO event BRICK 2015 in Birmingham, England, from October 29 to November 1.

As per the Guinness World Record guidelines, the caravan is a traditional "teardrop" shape. And just like a real camper, the creation has running water and working lights. It also has small details like toothbrushes and a usable chess set. The kitchen is not real, but its simulation is very convincing—there's even a collection of food in the fridge.

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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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