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This Guy Turns His Star Wars Toys Into Flying Drones

Star Wars fans race to the store whenever new toys and figures, like the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Black Series from Hasbro, are released. And though many serious toy collectors are content with looking at the collectible objects on shelves or in glass cabinets, one YouTuber and RC model builder decided that his toys needed an upgrade to better reflect the source material. Using the new Hasbro Black Series First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter and an older 12-inch Power of the Force Imperial Speeder Bike figure, ajw61185 created remote-controlled flying drones.

In a separate video posted to YouTube and a photo album shared to Imgur, the builder explains the modifications that he made to the existing TIE Fighter toy to get it to fly, including 3D printing motor mounts, cutting and filing parts of the wings to accommodate the propulsion system, and installing the flight controller into the cockpit. There is no video explaining the Speeder Bike toy mod, but there is a test video as well as a teaser (below) for a drone recreation of the classic chase scene through the forest on Endor from Stars Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983).

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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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