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Watch Famous Directors Step in Front of the Camera in This Cameo Supercut

The job of a director is to work behind the lens, but occasionally even an auteur can't resist the urge for a little screen time. From blink-and-you-missed-it appearances to full, plot-advancing monologues, the folks over at Digg created a video montage of some of the most memorable cameos from the past 65 years.

Every clip in the video (above) includes the name of the director and the film in the bottom left corner. There are some not-so-subtle examples, like Quentin Tarantino's many characters or Alfred Hitchcock's famed appearances, but it also has a couple deep cuts that only hardcore fans might know. There's David Cronenberg as a doctor in The Fly (1986), Sam Raimi as a hillbilly on the side of the road in The Evil Dead (1981), and the late Wes Craven as Fred the Janitor in Scream (1996).

To test your film knowledge, try watching the clip while covering the reveals to see how many directors you can recognize.

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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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