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Watch This Supercut of Popular Movies Organized By Color

Ever since the earliest days of hand-tinted black-and-white movies, filmmakers have been using hues to express emotion, evoke a mood, or set a scene’s tone. The color palette of a shot can subtly change the way we experience a scene, adding a sense of tension or excitement, as well as making a character stand out or blend in to the background.

In “Color Theory,” Vimeo user Kat Smith has created a color-coded supercut of shots from popular movies, revealing the different ways filmmakers put color to use. Each segment of the video is oriented around a specific color, grouping films of disparate genres not by theme, but by shared color palette.

Although Smith presents the supercut without explanation or analysis, certain patterns emerge if you watch her video closely. Many of the red shots center on violence or romance, while pink seems to most frequently appear in comedic moments. Other colors, meanwhile, appear to run the gamut of emotions and themes. Orange, for instance, includes shots of Steve Buscemi chatting in Ghost World (2001), the Oompa Loompas dancing in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), and Gollum grasping desperately at the One Ring in The Return of the King (2003), which are hard to connect on any thematic grounds.

Set to a remix of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Color Theory” is, according to Smith, “a super colorful supercut … that gives you a taste of the rainbow in feature film form.” Check it out above.

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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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