You probably heard that LEGO has dethroned Barbie and Mattel as the world’s bestselling toy. Last week Denmark-based LEGO announced that its first-half sales for this year rose by 15%, in part thanks to profits from The Lego Movie.
After the news, Mashable published a cool article, “5 LEGO Facts To Boost Your Knowledge”, which were all new to me. Here they are:
- The plural of LEGO is not LEGOs — it’s LEGO bricks.
- The toy’s creators claim LEGO is an adjective, not a standalone name.
- There are 62 Lego pieces for every human being on the Earth. Yes, the planet Earth.
- In 2011, a life-sized Lego man washed up on a Florida beach wearing a shirt that read, “NO REAL THAN YOU ARE.” It was apparently the work of Ego Leonard, the alter ego of a mysterious Dutch artist. It’s not the first time a Lego man has washed up on a beach — others have shown up on the shores of England and Holland as well.
- LEGO figurines have tiny holes on the tops of their heads so kids can still breathe if they accidentally swallow them.
- A single LEGO brick can withstand 430kg of pressure before breaking.