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Zoom In on the Moon With This Unassuming Digital Camera

If you want to capture a photo of something really far away, typically you'd need a DSLR camera with a really big zoom lens. But Gizmodo recently shared a video that someone shot using Nikon's COOLPIX P900, a compact camera with a zoom that goes from street level to the surface of the moon in a matter of seconds. There are no editing tricks at play, just some really powerful components built into a camera that weighs less than two pounds.

According to Nikon's specs for the COOLPIX P900, the camera has an 83x optical zoom, which is the equivalent of a lens with a 2000mm focal length. On top of that, the camera has a 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom super telephoto lens that doubles the focal length to 4000mm, and a digital zoom that almost doubles that. Because of the model's incredible zooming abilities, Nikon has already anticipated lots of moon pics and has even shared some tips on how to shoot for the moon, from using the built-in "Moon Scene Mode" to expose for the light of a full moon to using the P900's vibration reduction to stabilize the image. 

[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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