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LEGO Facts

Did you know?

– The LEGO® name is made from the first two letters of the Danish words LEG GODT, meaning “play well”.

– The LEGO Group patented the LEGO brick with the familiar tubes inside and studs on top on 28 January 1958. All 2 x 4 LEGO bricks manufactured since have been produced to the exact same measurements as this patent.

– LEGO DUPLO bricks are eight times the size of original LEGO bricks – yet they both connect together.

– On average, every person on the earth owns 86 LEGO bricks!

– In 2012, 45.7 billion LEGO bricks were produced at a rate of 5.2 million per hour.

– The LEGO Group is one of the world’s largest tyre manufacturers.

– Laid end to end, the number of LEGO bricks sold in 2012 would stretch round the world more than 18 times.

– To reach the moon you would need to build a column of around 40 billion LEGO bricks.

– The first minifigure was produced in 1978. Since then more than 4 billion have been made – making it the world’s largest population group!

– Each minifigure is exactly four bricks high without a hat.

– The first version of LEGO MINDSTORMS was launched in 1998 based on a collaboration between the LEGO Group and MIT (Massachusetts Insititute of Technology), USA. Two further versions have been released, one in 2006 and the latest in 2013.

 

 

How many?

Take six eight-stud LEGO bricks (2x4) – how many ways can they be combined?

With the aid of computers, the exact number of combinations has been calculated as 915,103,765!

Just so you know, two eight-stud LEGO bricks can be combined in 24 different ways and three eight-stud LEGO bricks in 1,060 ways.

 
 

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