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Watch the Surface of This Frozen Lake Shatter Like Glass

If breaking a mirror is seven years of bad luck, how many years do you get for witnessing a lake shatter? YouTuber RadiantSpiritGallery recently posted a video that captures Lake Superior as its icy surface is naturally pushed to its breaking point, leaving shards of jagged glass-like pieces stacked along the shore.

RadiantSpiritGallery explains the phenomenon they witnessed from around Duluth, Minnesota, in the video's caption. Under certain weather conditions, the layer of ice that covers Lake Superior is thinner than it would be during colder winters. Strong chilly winds can continue to push against it, causing the thin sheet of ice to slide on the surface of the water. Eventually, that flow is interrupted by the shore or an immovable object like an iceberg, causing the sheet to shatter into pieces.

The videographer says those pieces can measure up to 3 inches thick. The sheets have nowhere to go, so they naturally stack on top of each other as more pieces are pushed into them by the wind. According to the Lake Superior Streams website, the sheets of ice have been known to reach between 5 and 10 feet high.

The video (above) shows the ice stacking happening in real time, as the photographers spent two hours watching the natural event occur. Two years ago, they posted the video below which also shows ice stacking on Lake Superior, but from a wider angle. Watch both and be jealous that you aren't there to see it in person.

[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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