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Listen to John Legend Sing a Duet With Actual Stars

Nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter John Legend has had great success in his career, but so far he's only been judged by the denizens of this planet. In a new collaboration with Stella Artois and astrophysicist Zoltán Kolláth, Legend took his talents above and beyond by finding new voices to harmonize with: a group of actual stars.

The duet, aptly titled "Under the Stars," is being called the "first-ever duet between a musical star on earth and actual stars in the sky," and is a part of Stella Artois' Give Beautifully holiday campaign. "Stella Artois was originally crafted as a holiday gift to the city of Leuven, Belgium and we want to pay tribute to our origin story and inspire the entire country to give beautifully this holiday season," Stella Artois VP Ricardo Marques said in a press release. But space isn't filled with the sounds of singing stars, so to get the other part of the song, they needed the help of science.

According to Kolláth, each star in space has a frequency that, when translated and analyzed, has an audible tone. The tones of the stars (which are known officially as R Scuti, HR 1217, KIC 1162150, and KIC 3749404) were combined to create a sound that Legend describes as "ethereal" with a "dreamy vibe." The lyrics to the song include various references to the heavens and the stars, and also love and coming together. Listen to the track above and visit StellaArtois.com to learn more about the holiday campaign.

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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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