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This Modified 108-Ball Nerf Gun Is Every Child's Dream Toy

What do you get when you take a classic kid's toy and place it in the hands of a skilled modder? You get something as cool and ridiculous as the Nerf Rival Zeus Mod MXV 10,800, an upgraded Nerf gun by YouTuber Outof Darts that shoots 108 balls at lightning speeds without a single reload.

Nerf modding and play has taken off as an arena sport similar to paintballing, with designated dart zones and multiple forum sites where modders can share their creations and love for the toys. Using the Nerf MKV-1200 Blaster (which already has a firing speed of 70 mph) as a base for his latest invention, Outof Darts added additional PVC tubes to the toy's existing ball-storage barrel, as well as a voltage boost circuit and a cheap blower to help the balls flow through the curved tubes and out to their target. The toy is fully automatic, which means that there is no pumping or lag between shots.

 
Outof Darts has gone bigger in previous videos, once showing off a proton pack attached to a blaster that gave the shooter a 270-ball capacity, but this self-contained model provides more freedom and range of motion. What the video doesn't show, however, is how long it must take to find and collect each ball after the fun part is over.

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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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