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Watch This Mesmerizing Fire Tornado Spin in Slow Motion

Fire tornados (also called fire devils) are rare natural whirlwinds that occur when the flames from forest fires combine with strong swirling winds. They are not true tornadoes and only last a few minutes, but they are extremely dangerous, with temperatures up to 2000 degrees and fast, fire-spreading winds. With the unique talent to make scary things beautiful, YouTube sensation The Slow Mo Guys created a firenado in a controlled experiment using a metal bucket, kerosene, and a dozen box fans.

Almost instantly, the fans (angled in a circle and running simultaneously) create a 10-foot-tall spiral of orange fire. It looks very cool to the naked eye, but seen through the lenses of the Phantom Flex and Phantom Flex 4K cameras at 1000fps and 2500fps is a completely different experience. Obviously, we would not recommend that you try this stunt at home. Because GIFs make everything better, enjoy a few of those below, and check out the full experiment video 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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