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The Shared Themes of Every Pixar Movie in One Handy Chart

"The Pixar Theory," which attempts to explain how everything in the animation studio's catalog of films is connected, has been thoroughly explored over the years, with Inside Out (2015) being the latest addition to the fictional universe.

In an attempt to map the shared themes of all Pixar feature films from 1995 to 2015 (not including The Good Dinosaur, which opens this week), the team over at Vox created the chart below. Included are plot points as straightforward and fun as "cars can talk" and "someone finds their calling," to others that are slightly more intense (and potentially spoileriffic), like "a loved one is lost."

It's interesting to note that none of the themes apply to every single one of the movies, though a few come close (most have a "mismatched pair of partners," the coming together of an ad hoc community, and a wacky journey). The Cars movies are the only ones (so far) with talking automobiles, and about half of them feature a parent that "realizes that nothing lasts forever." Check out the full Vox chart below:

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[h/t: Vox]

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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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