Why Iceland Gets Its Ice From Other Countries

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Iceland is a country known for its glaciers—they cover about 11 percent of the nation's area—so it's a little surprising to hear that most of the ice cooling the country's beverages isn't homegrown. But as a new video from Half as Interesting explains, it's all thanks to the eccentricities of modern economics, in which a country with high domestic labor costs and cheap inbound shipping can buy the cold stuff for less than it takes to harvest it. While it may sound strange, Iceland is one of the highest-income countries in the world, and its isolated, rugged geography means it already relies on imports for many staples. For more on the history of ice as a commodity—and Iceland's unique situation—check out the video below.

Watch 174,373 Game of Thrones Deaths in 23 Minutes

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HBO

Valar morghulis, indeed. While Game of Thrones is known for its complex plot lines, epic battles, and countless characters, the show would be nothing without its love of gore. Between its major murders and full-scale, fan-favorite clashes like the Battle of the Bastards, there have been seemingly innumerable killings since the show premiered in 2011. It's hard to imagine recounting all the deaths on the show, but thanks to YouTube channel Leon Andrew Razon Compilations, you can watch more than 170,000 of them in just over 20 minutes.

This YouTube video attempts to document each and every death from Game of Thrones's first seven seasons, with a body count totaling a whopping 174,373.

While the video is a bit quick, you can see the scenes of some of the most famous Game of Thrones deaths ever, including those of Joffrey Baratheon and Robb Stark. And even the smallest of deaths are counted, including Melisandre's leeches and the Freys' crow. No person or animal (RIP, Lady) is left out. Battle scenes obviously rack up the most bodies and the tally rises sharply as the seasons progress.

With the upcoming final battle for the Iron Throne and the conclusion of the eighth and final season, we're sure many more names will be added to this list of the dead. We're just hoping our favorite characters can avoid it.

20 Amazing Yard Sale Finds

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Mental Floss via YouTube

If you've spent the past year bragging to everyone you know about the barely used bowling ball you picked up at a yard sale for a paltry $5, you may want to avoid swapping stories with the two people who have unknowingly purchased original copies of the Declaration of Independence (an estimated 26 of them remain, and are worth about $2.5 million apiece).

In this week's all-new edition of The List Show, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy is sharing 20 stories of yard sale and flea market finds that turned out to be worth a fortune. You can watch the full episode below. (And be sure to keep your eyes peeled the next time you find yourself sorting through someone else's junk.)

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