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Watch This Breathtaking Timelapse of High Plains Storms

Photographer Nicolaus Wegner has an affinity for chasing down large—and often breathtaking—storms in the High Plains region of the United States. He’s previously showcased the fruits of his labor with videos Stormscapes and Stormscapes 2, and just last month, Wegner unleashed a third installment, the aptly titled Stormscapes 3 (which you can view above).

Wegner writes: “This video showcases a variety of supercells and other rotating storms, spooky night based mesoscale convective systems, atmospheric optics such as rainbows and crepuscular rays, various forms of lightning, and even a rare Shirley Basin, Wyoming tornado.”

He told Phil Plait of Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog that much was also filmed near Limon, Colorado.

To get the full effect, make sure you're in full screen mode. Wegner himself writes: “I highly recommend a good set of speakers or headphones.” We cosign that tip, as well as another one of the photog’s notes about the final two minutes of the video, which feature incredible lightning shows. If you’re sensitive to strobe lights or flashes, it might be best to skip over that section. As for the rest, just sit back and ride out the beautiful storm.

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[h/t Slate]

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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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