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Watch a Water Sommelier Explain Why His Job Exists

Martin Riese doesn’t have to worry about not drinking enough water. He’s a certified water sommelier, spending his days tasting different kinds of H2O. He attends international water-tasting competitions, and can tell you all about the composition of different tap waters—because no water is “pure,” per se, and every kind has different levels of dissolved solids.

“It’s not just about taste; it’s even about my eyes and my nose,” he says in this short movie from MEL Films. He takes at least two sips when he’s tasting, one “as a normal person would do it” and one swishing it around his mouth to add oxygen and really evaluate the taste. He’s looking for distinctive water, like one “literally insane” variety, which he says tastes fruity and tropical. Again, these aren’t flavored beverages, just water.

Still don't get how anyone could make their life as an expert water drinker? Let Riese and his fellow water sommeliers explain the profession in the video above.

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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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