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GM CEO: 20-Hour Days Sped Up Ventilator Process

First batch will be delivered by end of April

(Newser) - Late last month, President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act to mandate that General Motors start cranking out ventilators in bulk to help in the fight against the coronavirus. Now GM and Ventec Life Systems, the medical tech firm it's working with, say they'll deliver their first batch... More »

Tesla Mocked by Surprise Troll on 'Unbreakable' Cybertruck

Lego's vehicle is 'guaranteed shatterproof'

(Newser) - Elon Musk says the orders are pouring in for Tesla's new Cybertruck, despite the onstage demo fail that generated worldwide mockery. Now, a surprise troll is mocking the electric car company with its own debut. Mashable reports that early Tuesday, Danish toy company Lego put up a promo on... More »

Lego Tests New Way to Recycle Bricks

Unwanted bricks will be donated to US nonprofit

(Newser) - Lego is looking to keep its plastic bricks out of the trash. The Danish toymaker is testing a way for customers to ship their unwanted bricks back and get them into the hands of other kids. It said Tuesday that customers in the US can print out a mailing label... More »

Police Raid Chinese Company Making Not-Quite Legos

$30M in knockoffs seized at factory

(Newser) - A raid on a factory in China last week discovered $30 million of fake Legos, the BBC reports, and more than 630,000 finished products were seized. Police, who posted photos of building blocks that looked a lot like Legos, said the toys had been copied from Lego blueprints. At... More »

A Lego Needs 1.71 Days to Make the Unkindest Journey

If swallowed, that's how long it takes to reappear, researchers conclude

(Newser) - It may not be the most burning of unanswered science questions, but researchers have figured out how long it would take for a swallowed Lego to re-emerge in the toilet bowl. Figure 1.71 days. That was the average time for six brave volunteers who swallowed a Lego head, then... More »

'No Quick Fix' for Lego Sales Woes, CEO Laments

Excess inventory kept new products from moving in 2017, the first time in 13 years that profits fell

(Newser) - If you're an 8-year-old, you can never have too many Lego bricks. If you're Lego … well, maybe you can have too many Lego bricks. Excess inventory is one reason the Lego Group says it's now reporting, for the first time in 13 years, a drop in... More »

Man Puts His Feet Through Lego Ordeal for Charity

At least Russell Cassevah thinks he set a world record after his 120-foot torture stroll

(Newser) - Most people go to great lengths to avoid stepping on their kids' Legos. Not Russell Cassevah, described as a "madman" by ALT 103.7 for what appears to be a (painful) new world record. WAVY reports the Virginia man traversed 120 feet of the sole-puncturing plastic bricks on Sunday,... More »

Lego: Time to Simplify as Profits Slump

Company announces significant layoffs

(Newser) - Danish toy maker Lego will cut 1,400 jobs, or about 8% of its global workforce, after reporting a decline in sales and profits in the first half of 2017. The privately held company said Tuesday that its revenue dropped 5% to $2.4 billion in the first six months... More »

A Sally Ride Lego Figure? Yep, and She's Not Alone

Maia Weinstock's 'Women of NASA' prototype has been given green light

(Newser) - Mathematician Katherine Johnson was one of the women of NASA depicted in the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures, and now she's about to get her own Lego figure. Per MIT News , Johnson and four other women involved with the space agency over the years—Margaret Hamilton (computer scientist), Mae Jemison... More »

Calling All Lego Masters: Cambridge Has a Job for You

Must have 'childlike mindset' for professorship promoting playful learning

(Newser) - If you've been endorsed on LinkedIn for your three-dimensional thinking skills, spatial reasoning, or ability to stay calm under the pressure of missing plastic bricks, you might want to take a shot at the latest opening at Cambridge University, which Metro has labeled "dream job alert." The... More »

Arguers Take Fight to the Mat—Filled With Legos: Cops

It happened in Maryland and man, does that sound painful

(Newser) - As any parent can tell you, walking over Legos with bare feet can be excruciating—but how it feels to roll around in them requires further clarification. One person who may able to lend some insight: Jesse William Robert Jenkins, a 23-year-old Maryland man who was arrested Thursday after a... More »

Father Puts Away Childish Things for Son, Arrests Follow

The Florida father and son allegedly assaulted each other over Legos

(Newser) - A father and son got into a fight over the latter's toys that ended in arrest Tuesday night in Florida. Important to note: the man's son is 19 years old. The Smoking Gun reports police were called to the home of 46-year-old Nicholas Melice Sr. around 11pm. Apparently... More »

Kid Trashes $15K Lego Sculpture on Exhibit’s First Day

And in the exhibit's first hour

(Newser) - The trouble with "no touching" signs: 4-year-olds can't read them. Such was the situation in Ningbo, China, when on Sunday a boy of that age ducked under the rope encircling a sculpture of Zootopia character Nick Wilde and knocked it over, ruining the $15,000 Lego fox, reports... More »

Kids in Wheelchairs Get a Lego Figure of Their Very Own

'We've got genuine tears of joy right now'

(Newser) - People in wheelchairs now have something in common with astronauts, knights, and pirates: a Lego figure to call their own. NPR reports Lego will release its first figure with disabilities in a set called "Fun at the Park" this June. (The set and figure can be seen in a... More »

Lego Changes Policy on Using Bricks for Politics

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei can now get his Lego bricks in bulk

(Newser) - Whether it was a genuine change of heart, the #legosforweiwei hashtag, or other public backlash, the Lego Group is now OK sending piles of its famous bricks to the person who's been called "China's most dangerous man." The company had refused to sell in bulk to... More »

You Can Now Swap Lego Heads With Your Own


(Newser) - Good news! It no longer takes years of hard work to become an astronaut, doctor, or medieval knight. Instead, you can just slap your own head right onto the appropriate Lego person's body. Mashable reports a new company lets customers replace the typical bright yellow Lego head with a... More »

Everything Is Awesome for Lego Employees This Christmas

More than 17,000 employees will be getting an extra paycheck in January

(Newser) - You know who might like Legos even more than your kids? The company's employees. That's because Lego is giving more than 17,000 employees around the world an extra month's salary in January, the Copenhagen Post reports. A Lego spokesperson says to think of it more like... More »

Lego Just Solved Its Most Painful Problem

1.5K people will soon be able to painlessly step on its blocks

(Newser) - If you've ever muttered a few choice curse words after stepping on a Lego block—and who hasn't—you'll appreciate Lego's genius new product: protective slippers. Made as part of a holiday promotion from French advertising agency Brand Station, the slippers are the "ultimate gift"... More »

Lego Refuses to Sell Bricks to Dissident Artist

Ai Weiwei's supporters are sending him plenty

(Newser) - Lego's attempt to keep its products out of the hands of Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has come down on it like a ton of bricks. After Ai announced in an Instagram post that the Danish company had refused to sell him Lego in bulk because they can't... More »

Why Lego Went to Space Today

26 figurines accompanied first Dane in space

(Newser) - It's one huge journey for a Lego man: Three astronauts blasted off for the International Space Station this morning, including Andreas Mogensen, who's now the first Dane in space. Lego is one of his country's most famous products and Mogensen is bringing 26 Lego figurines bearing the... More »

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