By Jackie Burrell
Monday, January 28th, 2008 at 12:26 pm in Kids & Tweens.
Happy Birthday, Legos! It was 50 years ago today that the Lego brick was born in all its colorful plastic wonderfulness, and we, for one, would like to say thank you, Big L, for all those sleepy summer afternoons spent snapping together the little onesies and 2x6s to make spaceships, houses and other fantastical creations. Today, there are enough Legos out there to build 10 columns tall enough to reach from the Earth’s surface to the moon. Lego factories churn out 620 new Lego sets a minute, and the population of Lego people will soon outstrip the number of humans. So when we heard about Steve Klusmeyer’s inspirational little tract, “All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned From LEGOs,” we just had to share:
- Size doesn’t matter. When stepped on in the dark, a 2X2 LEGO brick causes the same amount of pain as a 2X8 brick.
- All LEGO men are created equal (1.5625 inches tall). What they become is limited only by imagination.
- There is strength in numbers. When the bricks stick together, great things can be accomplished.
- Disaster happens. But the pieces can be put back together again.
- And every brick has a purpose. Some are made for a specific spot – most can adapt almost anywhere – but every one will fit somewhere.