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Dutch Police are Training Eagles to Pluck Drones From the Sky

Effectively getting rogue drones out of the sky can be difficult. Some people try to jam their radios or catch them in giant nets, but these methods can cause problems of their own. The Dutch have taken a more unique path: training eagles to catch the nefarious drones in their talons. 

The country's police force teamed up with Guard From Above, a company based in Denmark that trains raptors, in order to get the project off the ground, Gizmodo reports. Now, the country is in the midst of a trial run, where eagles are being taught to identify drones and grab them out of the sky.

According to the video above, the eagles nab the offending drones with the ease of plucking dinner. Then, they take their mechanical prey to a safe place, where handlers can reward them with something they can actually eat. While the task might be much harder with larger drones, it's interesting to watch how effective the majestic birds can be.

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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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