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This Alarm Clock Rug Will Put an End to Your A.M. Snoozing

No matter what you use as an alarm clock, there's probably an easy (too easy) way to postpone that dreaded, early morning tone. While those few extra minutes of dozing might feel good, it's actually not great for your brain hormones or your productivity. If you're interested in making harmful snoozing a thing of the past, there's Ruggie—a new alarm clock invention that forces you to get out of bed and start your day.

In order to turn off a Ruggie alarm, one has to physically get out of bed and stand on the memory foam rug for at least three seconds, which in theory means that he/she would be less likely to return to sleep. According to the product's Kickstarter campaign, it was inspired by the sleeping patterns of "successful early birds" like inventor Elon Musk, Barack Obama, Benjamin Franklin, and Bill Gates. There are several natural sound alarm options, including chirping birds and running water, which are designed to make waking up less of a chore.

Inside of the Ruggie alarm clock is a "guaranteed snooze proof" touch sensor and an touch-activated LED display. When pressure to the sensor turns the alarm off, the Ruggie can play motivational messages that the owner programs into the unit via a USB connection and a computer.

To get a Ruggie of your own, head over to Amazon.

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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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