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You'll Soon Be Able to Take Selfies With a Wearable Camera Drone

In much the same way GoPro revolutionized first-person action video with its portable, wearable cameras, a start-up called Nixie wants to revolutionize the selfie. While GoPro builds durable, wearable cameras that are generally used to record a range of extreme sports and adventures—from skiing and snowboarding to sky diving—from a first-person perspective, Nixie is designing a portable, wearable camera that’s capable of capturing adventures from a distance. To that end, they’re working on building a camera-mounted drone that can be worn as a wristband before being launched into the air to take photos.

Design Boom explains that the Nixie camera is still in development, but developers say it will be officially released soon. The camera has already garnered its fair share of acclaim: Two years ago, it beat out 500 other competitors during Intel’s “Make it Wearable” competition. The final camera will snap photos and record video while hovering in the air and will serve as something of a “personal photographer,” allowing users to snap selfies from totally new perspectives.

[h/t Design Boom]

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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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