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The Time Kermit the Frog Covered Talking Heads

If you were a teen in the mid-1990s who loved The Muppets and worshipped David Byrne, today as an adult you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife, asking yourself as you read this article, well, how did I forget about that time Kermit the Frog performed the Talking Heads’ “Once In A Lifetime” on primetime television?

That’s right: As The A.V. Club points out, today, July 7, is the 20th anniversary of that time Kermit—who’s best known for the hit singles “Bein’ Green” and “Rainbow Connection”—took a break from ballads and channeled his inner Scottish rocker on a 1996 episode of ABC’s Muppets Tonight. A musician named Giganticus (who, fittingly, is the world’s largest performance artist) was supposed to appear on the Muppets’ latest show, but was beaten up by his rival, Super Giganticus, on his way to the studio. Luckily, Kermit was there to save the day: Donning an oversized white suit similar to the one Byrne wore in Jonathan Demme’s 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense, Kermit sang a snippet of “Once In A Lifetime” while dancing in the singer’s trademark jerky style.

Kermit’s performance was received with enthusiastic applause—but, not surprisingly, Statler and Waldorf’s review was, well, “Same as it ever was: terrible.” Watch the whole thing in the video above.

[h/t The A.V. Club]

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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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