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HBO Is Airing The Godfather Epic, Blending Parts I & II With Cut Footage

Giving fans an offer they can't refuse, HBO has announced it will air a seven-hour mashup of the first two films in The Godfather trilogy, with the events in chronological order, on January 23 at 9PM ET. The program is also currently streaming on HBO Now and HBO Go.

According to Newsweek, a version of the special, called The Godfather Epic, aired in NBC in 1979, but the upcoming HBO blend of the two films won't have the commercials and language censorship that audiences had to settle for 37 years ago. This time, the films have been remastered and HBO will also include additional footage that was never shown in theaters.

While Jacob Hall of Slashfilm reports that none of the additional footage is "vital," it is "fascinating and watching De Niro’s scenes play out prior to meeting Brando’s older version of Vito Corleone changes the color of the first film in a significant way." Hall continues by saying that The Godfather Epic cut "does significant damage to these movies as pieces (of) art... Separately, these are two of the greatest films ever made. Mashed together, they’re a slog of great scenes and amazing performances without shape or structure."

If you insist on binge watching all of Francis Ford Coppola's magnum opus, first educate yourself on things you didn't know, then catch the epic marathon this Sunday (or on-demand now). And, if for some reason that isn't enough Godfather for you, catch up on The Godfather III, which is streaming on Amazon Video.

[h/t: Newsweek]

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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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