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Giant Bookshelf Is Fitted to Play Tetris With LED Lights

After deciding to propose to his girlfriend, Øyvind Berntsen realized the best way to pop the question was by building a 4-by-5-meter bookshelf, installing LED lights to each shelf, and then programming in a playable game of Snake (she said yes). Following the success of his first project, Berntsen returned to the bookshelf to install a playable game of Tetris.

His fiancée, Nadia Tokerud, put up a video of the gigantic game on YouTube. With a 14 by 9 square grid, the ratio is off, but apparently the game still works smoothly. You can't see the score on the bookshelf, but it can be found on the machine that runs the program. Tokerud said on YouTube that the set-up is mostly for impressing guests instead of racking up high scores, so the lack of visible scoring isn't much of a design flaw. 

[h/t Contemporist]

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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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