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Watch Over 28,000 Stuffed Animals Bombard an Ice Hockey Game

Last Sunday, a Calgary Hitmen ice hockey game against the Swift Current Broncos was interrupted by some rather unusual circumstances. After Calgary’s Jordy Stallard scored a goal two minutes and 41 seconds into the second period, fans bombarded the rink with thousands of stuffed animals. 

The incident was all part of the team's annual Teddy Toss, which has been a Hitmen tradition since the inaugural toss back in 1995. Each year on the big day, fans wait for Calgary to score their first goal of the game, after which they respond with what one sportscaster described as an "avalanche of fur." Of all the ice hockey traditions of littering the ice with unusual items, this one perhaps does the most good. Every toy is then collected and donated to a local charity. This year’s haul was split among 50 agencies including the Calgary Food Bank, the Salvation Army, and Siksika Children’s Services.

Over 300,000 toys have been donated to charity since the tradition began, and this year’s final count was especially impressive. A total of 28,815 plush items were tossed by the fans, beating out all the previous years. That night the stadium was also sold out, which likely added to the fluffy chaos. You can watch a video of the event above. 

[h/t: USA Today]

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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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