1. "LEGO" comes from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means "play well".
2. The company got its start when Ole Kirk Christiansen, a carpenter, lost his business and began making toys out of his surplus lumber.
3. Originally called "Automatic Binding Bricks," LEGO wasn't the first to market the toy. Kiddicraft holds that distinction, and LEGO just improved on the design.
4. In 2002, LEGO sued the Chinese makers of "Coko bricks," a building block closely resembling LEGO bricks. Coko had to cease production and issue a formal apology.
5. Early LEGO figurines had no facial features, gender, arms, or moveable legs.
The figures on the left are early versions of what LEGO produces today.