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This Timelapse Shows the Creation of a Massive Custom LEGO AT-AT

The BrickVault YouTube channel is dedicated to all things LEGO, including unboxing and review videos of newly released sets and figures. In a recent post, builder Charlie embarked on a grueling 26-hour custom project based on plans by another LEGO-devotee, known to the forum world as cavegod. The giant AT-AT model (or All Terrain Armored Transport, one of the iconic vehicles from the Star Wars universe) is made of over 6000 pieces and is nearly twice the size of the set LEGO released in 2014.

As Charlie explains in the time-lapse build video, BrickVault received instructions from cavegod and bought the pieces from the popular online marketplace BrickLink. According to his post in the EuroBricks forum, Charlie had 4460 of the necessary pieces and needed to order another 1640, some of which were rare and expensive. He estimates that the total cost of the build was around $1100. Following the steps of the video is impossible for anyone looking to build their own, and Charlie admits that he had to make a few edits to the design off-camera to make his model sturdy.

That said, if you're feeling inspired to try to build a giant AT-AT of your own, UK-based builder DrDaveWatford has written an extensive 11-part post on his blog that includes progress photos and a lot more technical information.

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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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