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Supercut Shows Stranger Things Side by Side With Its Inspirations

The new Netflix science fiction series Stranger Things is a thrilling hodgepodge of homages, winks, and direct shout-outs to 1980s pop culture and movies. Though it tells an original story, it draws heavily and explicitly on the works of Steven Spielberg, Wes Craven, Stephen King, Ridley Scott, and more. But while Stranger Things wears many of its references on its sleeve, it’s still fascinating to see just how meticulously the show recreates images from earlier movies.

To that end, French film journalist and director Ulysse Thevenon has created a supercut of memorable moments from Stranger Things placed side by side with the movies they reference. In the video, scenes from the TV show line up, often beat for beat, with movies like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), and The Goonies (1985). The spoiler-heavy video is a great resource for anyone who has already finished binge-watching the show and wants to learn more about its pop culture origins. It’s also the perfect place to find a few movie recommendations if you’re feeling adrift now that the adventures of Eleven and her pals have come to an end.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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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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