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Watch the House From 'Up' Take Flight as an RC Plane

The team behind the YouTube channel Flite Test have made, flown, and smashed dozens of cool RC flyers over the past five years, including a massive Star Wars Star Destroyer and a plane with ten wings, but there is one project featured in a recent video that is more adorable and relatively easier to make at home than the rest. Grabbing papercraft plans from the Disney website, the pilots reused a pair of motors from a previous Star Wars vehicle build and added helium balloons to create a steerable micro plane out of the house from the beloved Pixar classic Up.

The house is not the focus of the entire video (which you can watch below), but the builders do give a general overview of how it was made and demonstrate how the controls work. "When you apply power it pitches up a little bit," Peter from Flite Test said. "The house climbs because this thing is slightly negative buoyant, so it sinks." In the clip, Peter launches the micro plane indoors and flies it around their workspace before taking it outdoors. When the motors are not running, the helium balloons keep the house from dropping rapidly to the ground. To build this at home, you'll need to find motors and a flight controller that will fit the paper house, but those should be easy to find on the Internet.

Watch the Flite Test episode on micro planes below (discussion of the Up house starts just after the seven minute mark), and subscribe to the channel for more cool RC projects.

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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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