Why LEGOS are called LEGOS?

The company that makes the famous snap-together bricks took its name from the Danish phrase leg godt, which translates to “play well.” Approximately 20 billion LEGO elements (bricks) are made every year in the LEGO factory in Billund – equivalent to approximately 2 million elements an hour or 35,000 a minute. The moulds used in production are accurate to within two-thousandth of a millimeter (0.002 mm), and the accuracy of the moulding process means that only 18 elements in every million produced fail to meet the company’s high quality standard. A professor of mathematics calculated that there are over 915 million ways to combine six LEGO bricks. Laid end to end, the number of LEGO bricks sold in a year would reach more than five times round the world. There are about 2,350 different elements in the LEGO range – plus 52 different LEGO colours. Each element may be sold in a wide variety of different colours and decorations, bringing the total number of active combinations to more than 7,000.


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