Lego Turns 50

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Some Lego facts:

  • 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.
  • More than 400 billion LEGO bricks have been produced since 1949. Stacked on top of each other, this is enough to connect the Earth and the Moon ten times over.
  • 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.

Here’s the original Lego patent.

And check out this Lego artwork by Nathan Sawaya:



And finally, the very ambitious The Brick Testament — the entire Bible illustrated with Lego figures: