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14 Interesting Things About LEGO® You Might Not Have Known

From wooden ducks to emoticons. Check out the latest innovation, LEGO Life, a social app for kids to create, share, and explore the world of LEGO® play.

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1. Founded by carpenter Ole Kirk Kristiansen in Billund, Denmark, in 1932, the company started out manufacturing ironing boards, stools, stepladders, and wooden toys.

3. He merged the two Danish words "leg" and "godt", meaning "play well", and was so chuffed with the result he crowned himself the winner. Legend.

4. It wasn't until 1949 that the company launched plastic Automatic Binding Bricks – or LEGO Bricks, as they're now known.

7. The moulds used in production are so accurate that only 18 out of every million pieces are rejected. They're accurate to within 0.004mm, or less than the width of a single hair.

8. The first LEGO wheel was made in 1962, and LEGO has since become one of the world's biggest tyre manufacturers, producing over 700 million every year.

11. Up until the release of Star Wars sets in 1999, LEGO had never let another company influence its designs. Regret it they did not.

12. Thousands of different designs have been created since then, and now you can even turn yourself into a Minifigure.

14. This sparked the digital push into computer games, movies, and, most recently, LEGO Life, a social media app that lets kids share their IRL LEGO creations.