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Everything Is Awesome: 25 LEGO Facts

1. The LEGO genesis happened in Billund, Denmark in 1932. Yes, it's 83 years old today. 

The LEGO genesis happened in Billund, Denmark in 1932. Yes, it's 83 years old today. 

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

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

3. Although founder Ole Kirk Christiansen was quite conscious of his name choice for the toy, he was not aware that lego in Latin means "I put together."

Although founder Ole Kirk Christiansen was quite conscious of his name choice for the toy, he was not aware that lego in Latin means "I put together."

4. LEGO is one of the world's largest tire manufacturers. 

LEGO is one of the world's largest tire manufacturers. 

5. The LEGO brick was patented in 1958 (studs on top, tubes inside). 

The LEGO brick was patented in 1958 (studs on top, tubes inside). 

6. Therefore, a LEGO brick from 1958 would still work when combined with bricks from today! 

Therefore, a LEGO brick from 1958 would still work when combined with bricks from today! 

7. Speaking of combinations, the bricks are ultimately so versatile that just six of the 8-stud bricks can be arrange 915,103,765 different ways. Wicked. 

Speaking of combinations, the bricks are ultimately so versatile that just six of the 8-stud bricks can be arrange 915,103,765 different ways. Wicked. 

8. In February 2015, LEGO took over from Ferrari as "the world's most powerful brand."

In February 2015, LEGO took over from Ferrari as "the world's most powerful brand."

9. A Duplo piece (the largest one) can fit with a 2x4 LEGO piece (smallest), therefore very complex projects can be undertaken! 

A Duplo piece (the largest one) can fit with a 2x4 LEGO piece (smallest), therefore very complex projects can be undertaken! 

10. In fact, a shockingly detailed LEGO version of Helm's Deep from The Lord of the Rings was created out of 150,000 pieces. 

In fact, a shockingly detailed LEGO version of Helm's Deep from The Lord of the Rings was created out of 150,000 pieces. 

11. If you them laid end to end, the amount of LEGO bricks sold in a year would reach more than five times around the world. 

If you them laid end to end, the amount of LEGO bricks sold in a year would reach more than five times around the world. 

12. The LEGO "Cathedral" factory in Billund is "manned" by eight robots and 15 automatic cranes.

The LEGO "Cathedral" factory in Billund is "manned" by eight robots and 15 automatic cranes.

13. Canadian band Tegan and Sara wrote The LEGO Movie theme song "Everything Is Awesome."

Canadian band Tegan and Sara wrote The LEGO Movie theme song "Everything Is Awesome."

14. Since The LEGO Movie's release one year ago, it has brought in over $500 million (US) worldwide.

Since The LEGO Movie's release one year ago, it has brought in over $500 million (US) worldwide.

15. Some of the first human components introduced in 1974 are called the 'Minifigs.'

Some of the first human components introduced in 1974 are called the 'Minifigs.'

16. The largest commercially produced LEGO set for purchase is the Taj Mahal, totaling 5900 pieces. 

The largest commercially produced LEGO set for purchase is the Taj Mahal, totaling 5900 pieces. 

17. It can be averaged out that every single person on the planet has approximately 86 LEGO bricks. 

It can be averaged out that every single person on the planet has approximately 86 LEGO bricks. 

18. The molds used when making LEGO are accurate within two-thousandths of a millimeter (0.002mm).

The molds used when making LEGO are accurate within two-thousandths of a millimeter (0.002mm).

19. To reach the moon you would need roughly 40 billion LEGO bricks. 

To reach the moon you would need roughly 40 billion LEGO bricks. 

20. It's possible to make an entire house out of LEGO. 

It's possible to make an entire house out of LEGO. 

21. The original LEGO founder didn't want to make war seem appealing to children, so he never created a directly military-themed LEGO set. 

The original LEGO founder didn't want to make war seem appealing to children, so he never created a directly military-themed LEGO set. 

22. LEGO is STILL family-run. 

LEGO is STILL family-run. 

23. There are visual artists who have made LEGO their primary medium.

There are visual artists who have made LEGO their primary medium.

24. Not one character in The LEGO Movie ever says the word "LEGO."

Not one character in The LEGO Movie ever says the word "LEGO."

25. In 2000, LEGO was named "the toy of the century." 

In 2000, LEGO was named "the toy of the century."