Today, the Lego Brick turns 50! Looking pretty good for something that old. Props to Google for celebrating the event with a special logo.
As something that has triggered almost as much creativity as the crayon and the empty cardboard box, it's something worthy of a mention on this blog.
• 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
See the full set and a cool Lego timeline here.
posted by Kevin Stolarick