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Kids everywhere love playing with LEGO bricks. And why not? LEGO encourages motor skills, creativity, teamwork, patience, problem solving and most importantly, fun! Celebrate National LEGO Day with these cool facts, and then - get building:

  • Ole Kirk Christiansen, a Danish carpenter, began making wooden toys and created The LEGO Group in 1932.
  • The word LEGO is a combination of the Danish words “leg,” meaning play and “godt,” meaning well.
  • LEGO makes 1,300 pieces per second, 78,000 per minute and 4,680,000 per hour.
  • The first full-sized LEGO house was created by James May in Surrey, Great Britain in 2009. The house included a working toilet, shower and bed, which were all made of LEGO bricks, but unfortunately has since been demolished.
  • The plural of LEGO is “LEGO.”
  • Professor Quirrell from the Harry Potter LEGO set is the first mini-figure to have a double-sided head to show his good and evil sides.
  • LEGO are so strong, a tower would have to be about 2.17 miles high before the bottom LEGO would break.
  • The world’s tallest LEGO tower consists of 550,000 bricks and stands more than 114 feet (0.02 miles) tall.
  • The LEGO Taj Mahal featuring 5,922 pieces was the largest LEGO set ever sold.
  • The amount of LEGO bricks sold in one year is enough to wrap around the Earth five times.