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Meet Dr. Laser: The Man Who Still Makes Holograms

Attention, children of the '80s and '90s: It’s nostalgia time. The video above from Great Big Story introduces Jason Arthur Sapan, a holographer also known as Dr. Laser. Placid but opinionated, Dr. Laser has strong views on holograms in our culture—yes, including Tupac's

At Holographic Studios in Manhattan, Dr. Laser and his staff run both the world’s oldest gallery of holography and what they call their “subterranean laser laboratories.” As Dr. Laser explains in the video, even the simplest hologram sticker is the result of advanced science. The video offers just a little taste, but you can learn more about the fascinating physics of holograms here

Holographic Studios offers a wide range of products and services. They’ve created holograms for clients like Tag Heuer, Island Records, and IBM, as well as laser effects for TV shows. They make tamper-evident security holograms for banks, but they also make puzzles, buttons, and magnets. The studio offers class trips and speaking engagements, and has regular gallery hours for those hologram fanatics who just need more. 

Visitors to the Holographic Studios gallery or online shop can purchase high-end holograms of everything from Isaac Asimov, to an unnamed topless lady, to the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald. And yes, they even sell stickers.

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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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