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Artist Imagines What Instagram Would Look Like on Windows 95

Inexplicably, many of us still have a soft spot for Windows 95 in all its pixelated glory. We look back at charming features like the startup noise or the preloaded games with nostalgia-tinted glasses, even though (let's face it) Windows 95 was not the best operating system, and we've come a long way since then. But that doesn't mean we can't still enjoy its simple aesthetic.

Artist Misha Petrick has taken the contemporary app Instagram and designed it to look like a program on Windows 95. His recreation is appropriately uploaded on Instagram for your viewing pleasure. The app is known for its simplistic features, so it actually fits pretty well with the format of Windows 95. In fact, the image sharing service looks pretty good with the retro sans serif font and gray windows. Petrick pixelates some of his own work to show how the design works, including his cool whale animation.

You can see the recreation as a tall gif on Behance.

[h/t designboom]

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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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