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A Breathtaking Time-Lapse of Lava Flowing From Kilauea Volcano

Oregon-based time-lapse photographer Tyler Hulett traveled to Hawaii recently to capture the otherworldly beauty of the Kīlauea volcano oozing lava. Hulett is best known for his "Discover Oregon" web series, which explores the state’s vast green forests and snow-topped mountains. But his latest time-lapse, “River of Fire,” is something very different: a breathtaking (and slightly terrifying) video of glowing lava flowing toward the sea during an otherwise pitch-black night.

Hulett told Story & Heart that “River of Fire” was uniquely challenging to create. He and his friend, fellow time-lapse photographer Lance Page, camped out atop a solidified lava rock and wore heavy duty pants and boots to protect themselves from the lava. Despite the challenges the shoot presented, Hulett said that he wanted to capture a view few people have the opportunity to experience. “Being next to a lava river at one in the morning in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is a very surreal experience, and it's not an experience a lot of people get to have,” he explained. “What I really focus on is creating a story through the imagery of what it’s like to be there.” 

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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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