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Italian Amusement Park Is Completely Manually Operated and Free to Visit

It seems like amusement parks these days are in an arms race to create the biggest, fastest roller coasters possible. But for all the fancy, envelope-pushing rides, many parks seem to suffer from a lack of charm. However, there is a quaint amusement park in Northern Italy that bucks this trend by featuring simple rides that don't even need electricity.

In the municipality of Nervesa Della Battaglia, you can find Osteria ai Pioppi, which was built by a man named Bruno. Despite lacking any formal engineering or construction training, Bruno has been working on his park for about 40 years. Each ride is lovingly crafted by hand and inspired by the movement of nature. Patrons can visit these manually powered rides for free.

"I look at movements in nature: a branch that is moving, a bird that is flying, and then I get an idea," Bruno told Great Big Story in a recent video (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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