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Experience the Torment of Cinematic Writer’s Block With This Supercut

Actors get a lot of guff for being self-obsessed, but writers are pretty absorbed in their own lives (and craft) too, the evidence of which can be seen in the many filmic representations of authorial agony.

In the above supercut, editors Ben Watts and Ivan Kander have strung together scenes from 53 movies, from The Shining (1980) to Young Adult (2011), for four minutes of stalled creative ambition (and, thankfully, some relief).

There’s lots of blank pages, pondering over computers and typewriters, fingers hovering over keys, blinking cursors, staring into the middle distance, pep talks, bad first lines, a foul word or two (be warned), crumpled paper, and a lot of drinking. Is this stressing you out? We promise it's more fun to watch than experience in real life. Though, to be honest, it’s also a great way to procrastinate if you happen to be in the thick of writer's block yourself.

[h/t Slate]

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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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