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This Short Film Is Made Entirely of Stills From NASA's Project Apollo Archive

What's better than a massive photo library of rare space images from the Apollo missions? How about a beautiful short film that transforms those stills into moving images and pairs them with wonderfully composed music and actual mission audio from NASA? Filmmaker Chris Coupland took advantage of the treasure trove of public domain imagery and used his Photoshop and After Effects talents to edit and animate them into a video that he titled simply Apollo.

Coupland writes that his film is a tribute to the NASA Apollo Program, and explains that Photoshop was used to separate the elements that make up each photo, while After Effects was used to "create movement and parallax between the layers in the image." He added that there were other effects and textures applied to the photos in order to "create a sense of action and transition between the scenes," and says that he hopes the project will inspire others to learn more about space exploration.

Fans have been sharing their adoration for Coupland's video in the comments section on Vimeo. One user stated that his father worked on the Apollo missions and thanked the filmmaker for his work, to which Coupland responded that making the film gave him a "renewed appreciation for what an incredible achievement it must have been for all involved."

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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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