Monday, January 28, 2008

happy birthday lego

Today is LEGO's 50th birthday, or rather the anniversary of the patent approval for the original brick.

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Today's google search page

boing boing links to a 3:38 time lapse video of the building of the "Ultimate Collectors Millennium Falcon" LEGO set, one of the largest sold (over 5000 individual elements).

gizmodo has a lego timeline and some LEGO brick curiosities:
  • There are about 62 LEGO bricks for every one of the world's 6 billion inhabitants.
  • Children around the world spend 5 billion hours a year playing with LEGO bricks.
  • More than 400 million people around the world have played with LEGO bricks.
  • LEGO bricks are available in 53 different colors.
  • 19 billion LEGO elements are produced every year.
  • 2.16 million LEGO elements are molded every hour, or 36,000 per minute.
  • More than 400 billion LEGO bricks have been produced since 1949.
  • Two eight-stud LEGO bricks of the same color can be combined in 24 different ways.
  • Three eight-stud bricks can be combined in 1,060 ways.
  • There are more than 915 million combinations possible for six 2 x 4 LEGO bricks of the same color.
  • 7 LEGO sets are sold by retailers every second around the world.
  • The LEGO bricks sold in one year would circle the world 5 times.
  • 40 billion LEGO bricks stacked on top of one another would connect the earth with the moon.
  • World-renowned author Douglas Coupland believes the LEGO brick represents a "language in itself."

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