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Pump Yourself Up With This Supercut of Speeches From Sports Movies

If you’ve got a big game coming up—or a stressful day at work ahead—this supercut might be just the thing to get you ready to tackle the task at hand. Drawn from some of the greatest sports movies of the last few decades, “Movie Coach Super Speech” weaves together more than 30 of the most iconic motivational speeches of all time. 

Unlike most supercuts, this one coalesces into a single epic speech that, considering it’s culled from so many movies, is surprisingly coherent. It’s a giant mash-up of platitudes, affectionate insults, gruff encouragement, and prayers, but even as it mocks common sports movie tropes, it also manages to feel like the ultimate motivational speech. 

The video was made by Andy Schneider and Jonathan Britnell (the duo behind YouTube channel Burger Fiction) for Esquire, as part of a bracket tournament in which readers can vote for the greatest movie coach of all time. Check out the Esquire tournament here. And watch Mr. Miyagi, Gordon Bombay, Herman Boone, and more share their words of wisdom above.

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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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