Stack 'em Up: Lego Blocks Quiz

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About This Quiz

Many of us played with Legos when we were kids, but for some people, the fascination continues well into adulthood. So, what's up with those newfangled Lego robots? And what does Lego mean, anyway?

Where does the name Lego come from?

Leg godt' means 'play well' in Danish. Coincidentally, one translation of the word in Latin is 'I put together.'

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Where did Legos get their start?

Ole Kirk Christiansen started the company in Billbund, Denmark, in 1932.

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Most Lego pieces are made in these two countries.

Factories in Klando, Czech Republic, and Billbund, Denmark, are responsible for much of the manufacturing process.

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Lego pieces start out as granules of this material.

OK, so maybe you didn't know this one off the top of your head. The pre-Lego granules are primarily composed of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS).

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How many Lego bricks are made every minute, around the world?

Lego plants around the world produce 33,000 bricks a minute.

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So how many Lego bricks are made every year?

It comes out to about 16 billion bricks a year.

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How many different types of Lego elements are there?

There are about 3,000 kinds of Lego pieces. That's a lot for a factory to keep track of.

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How many Lego sets are sold every second?

According to Lego.com, seven fly off shelves around the world every second.

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What's the difference between a Lego plate and a Lego brick?

Bricks are what you probably think of as the standard Lego piece, and plates are one-third as thick.

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What kind of Lego set lets you build programmable robots?

Legos sure have come a long way. There definitely aren't any regular old bricks in a MINDSTORMS robot.

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There are about 6.5 billion people on Earth. How many Lego people (minifigures) are there?

There are 4 billion minifigures out there, so they haven't quite taken over the world ... yet.

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These licensed Lego sets, introduced in 1999, quickly became the best-selling new product line in company history.

Lego made many theme sets over the years, but the 'Star Wars' and 'Winnie the Pooh' sets were the first officially licensed ones. 'Star Wars' became an instant best-seller.

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There are four Legoland theme parks. Where are they?

The original Legoland is, of course, in Billund, Denmark. The others are in Windsor, England; Ganzberg, Germany; and Carlsbad, Calif.

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What's the Lego line for preschoolers?

DUPLO blocks -- for ages 2 to 6 -- are twice as high, long and wide as regular Lego blocks.

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What movie director has his own Lego minifigure?

The Lego & Steven Spielberg Movie Maker Set comes with a minifigure of the director himself.

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At first, all minifigures were sexless, but in 1978, Lego introduced a female figure. What was her job?

Lego designers originally wanted all the minifigures to look the same so kids could put their own spin on things. But the first female nurse showed up in 1978.

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Kids 7 and older can join this club for regular shipments of Lego sets.

BrickMasters get six Lego sets over the course of a year and a special Lego magazine.

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You can submit your own Lego designs to this Web site, and the company will send you the parts you need to make it.

Legofactory.com lets you dream up your own creations and then actually make them with all the custom parts.

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The main Lego factory in Denmark is open to the public almost every day.

A limited number of people can take the Lego Inside Tour at two designated times each year.

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Lego engineers worked with this university on the MINDSTORMS line.

Scientists in a program at MIT called 'Lifelong Kindergarten' helped Lego create the MINDSTORMS products.

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