It’s been 50 years since the LEGO brick was patented, and since then hundreds of billions of the beloved little pieces have been pumped out of factories for your building enjoyment. What’s even harder to believe is that the LEGO bricks being sold in stores today will still work with the originals dating back 50 years!
This is such a big deal that even Google whipped up a customized version of their logo to celebrate the anniversary. Gizmodo also wanted to commemorate the event so they put together the timeline pictured above. Here are some of my favorite stats that they scrounged up:
- There are about 62 LEGO bricks for every one of the world’s 6 billion inhabitants.
- Children around the world spend 5 billion hours a year playing with LEGO bricks.
- 2.16 million LEGO elements are molded every hour, or 36,000 per minute.
- More than 400 billion LEGO bricks have been produced since 1949.
- 7 LEGO sets are sold by retailers every second around the world.
- 40 billion LEGO bricks stacked on top of one another would connect the earth with the moon.
The LEGO brick could be the only thing that we can count on staying the same over the next 50 years. I would be curious to know whether any of our readers have never played with LEGO’s before.