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Join Sir David Attenborough in a Virtual Reality Titanosaur Experience

The Titanosaur is the largest dinosaur—and creature—known to have walked the Earth, but we only just discovered it in Patagonia a few years ago. Now, a 122-foot-long cast of the enormous animal is on display at New York’s American Museum of Natural History, where it occupies multiple rooms. If you can’t get to Manhattan to see the Titanosaur, you can now experience one in 360-degree virtual reality alongside another titan of planet Earth: broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

In the 4-minute video above from BBC One and PBS, Attenborough introduces you to the planet as it was some 100 million years ago. Using the Chrome browser (or ideally the Cardboard VR display), you can navigate 360 degrees as a virtual Titanosaur wanders by.

The experience was created with a combination of footage from a RED Dragon camera and CGI, according to Gizmodo. In the video, the 40-meter-long and five-story-tall Titanosaur transforms from a flesh-and-blood rendering to a neon skeletal one, allowing Attenborough to delve into how the creature moved and breathed, and of course, allowing us marvel at the architecture of such a magnificent beast.

For more of Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur (a BBC One show that aired in January), head on over to the show page.

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[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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