Lego People to Outnumber Real People by 2019
Will total 8B by the end of the decade
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2013 10:13 AM CDT
A lego figure of the Royal baby Prince George of Cambridge.   (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Today's oddest factoid: There may be 7 billion humans on the planet, but by 2019 a species of tiny plastic people will outnumber even us: Lego figurines. Randall Munroe, the physics grad behind the webcomic xkcd, has compared Lego production forecasts with human population predictions to determine that by 2019, there will be nearly 8 billion tiny, yellow people around—up from 4 billion in 2006—a number that will outstrip the human population. It's all the more impressive considering Lego figurines have only been on sale since 1978, the Daily Mail reports.(Click to see why some of those Lego people may appear angry.)

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Oct 29, 2013 9:36 PM CDT
Oct 25, 2013 7:09 PM CDT
OK that's it! We need to get TOUGH with these tiny yellow people! They're taking jobs away from Americans and sucking up government benefits reserved for our own lazy people. We need to start rounding them up and sending them back to their own country! We need to seal our borders against them and others like them who think they can just come to America and get a free handout. All they do is take up space, sit on theior butts watch TV and make MORE little Lego people that Americans have to support! This needs to stop NOW! Who's with me?
Oct 25, 2013 4:20 PM CDT
"a species of tiny plastic people"?? This story is NEWS??? Give us a break. The only thing newsworthy is pointing out the obvious promotion for LEGO toys. Toys do not fall into a species category. How absurd! I can beat this stories numbers easily with this fact: There are 50 times more cigarette butts on the street than any one person. Go make a story out of that. "Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values." - Ayn Rand