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Skydiver Loses His Shoe—And Somehow Catches It Mid-Fall

Usually when you lose something roughly 13,000 feet in the air, you don't expect to get it back. Fortune smiled on one parachute jumper, however, who managed to catch his lost shoe in mid-air. 

The shoe was initially lost during a failed attempt at a trick called the Mr. Bill. The maneuver involves two jumpers leaping from the plane at the same time, with one rider holding onto the other. If all goes according to plan, the first diver will deploy the parachute and both participants will use the same rig until the second diver leaps off and deploys their own. Usually, the force of pulling a parachute knocks the second diver off, so it's a difficult trick to pull off. 

As you can see from the video, this Mr. Bill didn't pan out, and the rider was torn from the other diver almost immediately. The shoe came loose, too, and began to fly haphazardly back and forth in the air. Despite whipping back and forth, the first diver was lucky enough to catch it and put it back on. We're not sure what the odds are there, but if that was us, we'd go buy a lottery ticket. 

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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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