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Feel the Bern with the Bernie Sanders Action Figure

After giving the world a Hillary Clinton action figure last year, the team at the Brooklyn-based design company FCTRY began to receive requests from friends and family members to do a follow-up figure for presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders. The designers obliged and, along with sculptor Mike Leavitt, created the action figure and launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for production. It has already surpassed its goal by over $30,000, and that number will continue to climb until the campaign ends in 33 days.

The interesting thing about FCTRY's campaign is the way the team plans to sell the Bernie action figure now that the project is funded. For each sale made, a dollar will be donated in support of the Bernie Sanders campaign (they have also been donating a dollar for each Hillary Clinton figure sold). "We're hoping our '$1 per toy' model can serve as an innovative, accessible model for grass-roots campaign finance reform," FCTRY states on the Kickstarter page. "What we've got in mind is not unlike what Tom's Shoes does, but for political campaigns... a way for small businesses and regular people to team up and take on a big issue."

A pledge of $20 guarantees you a Bernie figure, but the campaign also accepts $1 support pledges and considers them to be "a vote against Trump." For $5000, Mike Leavitt will actually turn you (or someone you love) into an action figure. Watch the campaign video above, and click through to Kickstarter for all the details.

Banner image via FCTRY on Kickstarter

[h/t Toy News]

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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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