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Watch This Incredible 500-Meter Slackline Walk High Above the Utah Desert

The average slackline is between one and two inches wide, which is why people are instantly impressed whenever someone breaks one out and can maintain their balance for an extended period of time. It's even more impressive when tricks are thrown into the equation. French professional slackliner Théo Sanson takes slacklining to the extreme, and writes on his website that he'd "rather die from passion than boredness." During a recent visit to Castle Valley, Utah, the daredevil traversed a 500-meter-long slackline (approximately 1640 feet) between two massive geologic formations: Castleton Tower and the Rectory, both of which reach about 400 feet toward the clouds.

The video above was shot by the team at Camp4 Collective and includes drone footage of Sanson's epic stunt. Camp4 Collective writes in the description on Vimeo that this is likely a new world record, though it does not appear to have been verified. World record or not, watching Sanson slowly cross the expanse between the rocks—hundreds of feet above the earth—is enough to make any acrophobic a little queasy.

To learn more about Sanson's accomplishments, check out his website.

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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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