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The Men Who Stare at Laundry

Some people restore classic cars. Others collect stamps, or thimbles, or porcelain babies. Everybody has their thing. For the members of the Washing Machine Collectors Club, it’s laundry. 

As you'll see in the above video from Great Big Story, washing machine collector and club founder Jon Charles has been collecting and repairing washing machines for a long, long time. Charles started the club in the 1984 with just a few guys. Today, he’s got 59 washing machines, 22 hooked up and running in his basement, and the club has more than 3000 members, including enthusiasts in Australia, Russia, and Madagascar. 

Earlier this year, the group was featured on CBS Sunday Morning and found themselves holding the double-edged sword of fame. While the laundry men knew the exposure would attract new members, they also worried it would drive up the prices of certain rare washing machines.

But it’s not just about the equipment. It’s about the wash. Charles hosts 3-day Wash-Ins, drawing members from across the United States—and their dirty laundry. They drink, they catch up, and they watch the washing machines with some of the purest glee we’ve ever seen.

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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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