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Watch 100 Drones Dance to Beethoven in This Record-Breaking Light Show

During a keynote presentation at CES 2016, the Intel Corporation in collaboration with Ars Electronica Futurelab presented footage (above) that reveals a secret talent of drones: aerial dance routines. With 100 small UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), a ground crew used Intel software to perform a choreographed ballet in the sky while an orchestra seated on the runway of a German airport played Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. In addition to setting the Guinness World Record for Most UAVs Airborne Simultaneously (and beating the previous record by 50), the team also put on a light show of cool shapes and colors that moved in sync with the live music.

Keynote presenter Brian Krzanich introduced the footage as Intel's version of fireworks, and after showing the video, said that he sees "a future where fireworks, and all of their risks, and smoke, and dirt, are a thing of the past. And they are replaced with shows that have unlimited creativity and potential, powered by drones."

Krzanich later gave another live demonstration during CES of the drone's autonomous capabilities with a biker on an obstacle course. A drone was able to fly both ahead of and behind the biker, filming while avoiding changing obstacles like rocks and falling trees. Check out the record-breaking drone light show above, and click here to watch the full keynote presentation.

[h/t: Tech Radar]

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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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