Growing up I had a large set of LEGO® to play with but I had no idea the history behind this fun toy. I was surprised at some of the information I found regarding both the history of the LEGO group as well as fun facts about LEGO.
How LEGO came to Canada
1) LEGO was founded in 1932 by a Danish carpenter named Ole Kirk Christiansen.
2) LEGO is from Danish words “leg godt” meaning “play well”. Unknown to Christiansen, lego also means “I put together” in Latin.
3) Christiansen did not invent the lego bricks, he was inspired by the Kiddicraft Self-Locking Building Brick designed y Hilary Page. The LEGO group’s first bricks were almost exact copies and were named the Automatic Binding Bricks. These were released in 1947.
4) In 1961, LEGO was awarded its first US patent for their “Toy Building Brick.” The design was for a hollow rectangular brick with studs on top and a round hollow tube on the bottom which allows for better locking ability.
5) LEGO bricks made in 1958 are still compatible with, and can lock with LEGO bricks made today!
6) In 1968 the first LEGOland Park opened in Billund, Denmark. The park attracted 625,000 visitors in its first year alone.
7) In 1969 the LEGO Duplo system was launched. The name Duplo comes from the Latin word duplus, which translates literally as double, meaning that a Duplo brick is exactly twice the dimension of a LEGO building brick.
8) In 1978 LEGO mini-figures were first introduced. There were seven different figures to start with.
9) In August 1988, 38 children from 17 different countries took part in the first LEGO World Cup building contest, held in Billund.
Fun LEGO Facts
1) More than 400 million children and adults will play with LEGO bricks this year
2) If you built a column of about 40,000,000,000 LEGO bricks, it would reach the moon
3) Approximately seven LEGO sets are sold each second
4) If all LEGO sets sold in a year were stacked on top of each other, they would fill a foot -ball field to a height of 77.8 m
5) Laid end to end, the number of LEGO bricks sold in a year would reach more than five times round the world
6) On average there are 62 LEGO bricks for every person on earth
7) With a production of about 306 million tires a year, the LEGO Group is the world’slargest tire manufacturer