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This Case Turns the Back of Your iPhone Into an Electronic Display

Have you ever looked at the back of your smartphone and wished all of that wasted space could be used for more screen real estate? A company called popSLATE attempted to make that dream a reality a few years ago with the first version of its electronic ink phone cases. According to WIRED, the team at popSLATE is back with a new-and-improved successor to the innovative design, and they are once again relying on crowdsourcing to bring it to the world. 

popSLATE2 uses an electronic ink display similar to those found in E-readers. The screen is just as big as those on your iPhone 6, 6+, 6S, or 6S+, and it will deliver alerts, the time, and other information so that you don't have to flip your device over or unlock it while you work. In his overview of the product based on the information provided, Brian Barrett of WIRED praised popSLATE for advertised improvements to the less-than-perfect original case. Barrett said that issues with the first popSLATE made it "difficult to justify as an everyday case. It charged with a different cable than the iPhone 6 it was designed to fit, and at launch only displayed still images pushed from an app on the front of the phone." With the direct changes made in those regards, as well as other features outlined on IndieGoGo (customizable dashboards, auto updating newsfeeds, real-time smart alerts, etc.), Barrett says that the popSLATE2 qualifies as "an evolution, not merely refinement."

With three weeks still left on the clock, popSLATE2 has raised more than $540,000 on IndieGoGo, more than five times its initial goal. There is still time to pledge to the campaign to score your device, which has an estimated delivery date of July. Check out the introduction film above and head to IndieGoGo to get in on the action.

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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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