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Inside the LEGO Master Builders' Massive Model Shop

Remember that one kid growing up who seemed to have all the LEGO sets at her house? If that used to make you insanely jealous, we recommend watching the video above (via WIRED) with caution. In it, LEGO Master Builders Robbie McCarthy and Bill Gowdy give a tour through the LEGOLAND model shop. It’s where the LEGO geniuses design all the incredible models that fill LEGOLAND, and it’s also where they keep all the LEGO bricks needed to build those models—over three million bricks in total.

McCarthy shows off the 3D modeling software LEGO Master Builders use to design the models—a program that looks a lot like normal architectural CAD software (except you can build dragons with it, of course). For the full tour, check out the video above. And if it looks like something you’d like to do every day (of course it does), find out what it takes to be a LEGO designer here.

[h/t WIRED]

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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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