LEGO's 50th anniversary

Today is LEGO's 50th birthday, or rather the anniversary of the patent approval for the original brick. Joel Johnson has more at Boing Boing Gadgets, including a timeline of LEGO technology advances. From
 Images Lego Brick The LEGO history began in 1932 in Denmark, when Ole Kirk Christansen founded a small factory for wooden toys in the unknown town of Billund in the south of the country. To find a name for his company he organized a competition among his employees. As fate would have it however, he himself came up with the best name: LEGO – a fusion of the Danish words “LEg” and “GOdt” (“play well”).
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  1. It figures: the same inscrutable Scandinavian minds that brought us the flat-pack to-it-yourself furniture would be the same ones that made the snap-together building toy!

    IKEA: legos for adults?

    Nah–no one ever really grows out of LEGOs.

  2. I just heard on NPR that they had to sell Legoland because they haven’t been doing very well. That sucks for it to be on their birthday.

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