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Learn How to Make an Emergency Landing With an Airplane

It’s a scenario that, fortunately, only ever seems to happen in the movies: In the midst of a cross-country flight, one brave—and very prepared—passenger is called upon to make an emergency landing with the Boeing 737 you’ve all been cruising in. It seems like an impossible task, but according to Tim Morgan, a commercial airline pilot with years of on-the-job experience, anyone can safely land a Boeing 737 in an emergency—even if they have zero experience in a cockpit.

To prove his point, Morgan created a 10-minute video with a flight simulator that offers step-by-step guidance on what to do in just such an emergency, including how to communicate with air traffic control on the ground. He made the video and wrote an in-depth article to answer a question posted on Quora: “What Should I Do if the Pilot Passes Out and I (with No Flight Training) Have to Land the Plane?”

Although the video is very impressive, its instructions could only be put to good use if you’re in this exact situation on a Boeing 737. But it could happen.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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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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