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Watch This Cotton Candy Rapidly Melt Into a Syrupy Puddle

YouTube has given the world many visual delights, including slow motion explosions, hydraulic press destruction, timelapse eruptions, and now, the incredibly satisfying experience of watching something melt into a puddle of goop. The well-named YouTube channel LMT (Let's Melt This) is dedicated to finding interesting objects—and melting them. Previously, they introduced a jawbreaker to a blowtorch, leaving a colorful puddle of sugar, and in their latest video, they put cotton candy under the flame. The fluffy candy takes no time to succumb to becoming a syrupy blue mess. They then follow up with a red piece that ultimately "resembled something from a horror movie," as they write in the video description. Cotton candy is known for quickly disintegrating (just ask this raccoon) so the entire process of melting two pieces takes under a minute. 

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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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