The iconic LEGO blocks we know and love rose from carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen’s second workshop in Billund, destroyed by fire in 1942 during the German occupation of Denmark. Being no stranger to disasters and hardship having lost his first workshop and family home to fire in 1924, Christiansen was not prepared to give up and built a bigger workshop. The 1929 world depression took its toll on the business, he lost his wife in 1932 and he had to lay off most of his staff since there were no customers with money to spend on furniture.
Not one to sit idly, Christiansen decided to use the wood he had left to create inexpensive goods, including toys. He was forced into bankruptcy when his plan failed but he continued working, focusing on making toys. Through all the difficulty over the years, the carpenter realized he had found his gift and continued making toys, in spite of going into bankruptcy. His high quality prototypes of cars, animals and pull toys became sought after in Denmark which prompted him to rename the company ‘leg godt’ (play well), which became LEGO.
The sales from his toys put the business in a better position which helped him overcome the 1942 fire which destroyed his workshop and post war shortages of materials for manufacturing products, forcing the toymaker, and many other manufacturers, to look at advances in plastics. The long and difficult road ultimately led Christiansen to the self-locking plastic brick, invented by Kiddicraft, a British company. LEGO started manufacturing the bricks in 1949. and in 1981 they officially bought the rights of the bricks from Kiddicraft.
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Since then, several generations of children’s creativity were unleashed by the little bricks and many LEGO fans have gone beyond the playroom with their creations. And then there’s Lego Master Builders, and only a handful are certified Lego Master Builders… Yes, it’s a real job building LEGO, hired by the company to build all those large-scale LEGO sculptures seen at their Discovery centers, LEGOLAND theme parks, LEGO retail stores and at other events they help organize.
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In January 2019 certified LEGO Master Builder Rene Hoffmeister and colleague Pascal Lenhard received the ambitious world record attempt to build the iconic VW T2 camper, including a foldable roof in the real size using LEGO bricks. Of course, the planning of such large scale projects happens in advance with the aid of 3D programs. From the completed building plan they could calculate the exact number and type of bricks needed for the T2 camper – 400,000 pieces in this instance. Every aspect of the build must be accurately determined such as the side walls and windows to ensure the LEGO T2 camper has long-term stability.
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The two-man team went all out on this project, adding the distinctive Westfalia folding roof, the sliding door and the nostalgic interior of the 60s, made from LEGO bricks, completing the project in six weeks.
The completed T2 is over 16ft (5m) long, 6ft (1.9m) wide and over 6ft (2m) high without the folding roof open, weighing in at around 1,550lb (700kg).
Nirvana Sued by Baby on ‘Nevermind’ Cover, Who Alleges He Was ‘Sexual Exploitation’ Victim
The man who was depicted naked underwater as an infant in Nirvana’s iconic 1991 album “Nevermind” has sued the band, alleging that he was a victim of child pornography.
The lawsuit is likely to be a longshot, considering that non-sexualized photographs of infants aren’t considered child pornography by law.
However, Elden – whose penis was exposed in the image – argues that the image is tantamount to sexual abuse and exploitation. His lawyer, Robert Y. Lewis, claims that the fact that he appears to be chasing the dollar makes him appear to be “like a sex worker.”
Elden now launched legal action against the band’s surviving members and the estate of late frontman Kurt Cobain, whose executor is Courtney Love.
The lawsuit states: “The permanent harm he has proximately suffered includes but is not limited to extreme and permanent emotional distress with physical manifestations, interference with his normal development and educational progress, lifelong loss of income earning capacity, loss of past and future wages, past and future expenses for medical and psychological treatment, loss of enjoyment of life, and other losses to be described and proven at trial of this matter.”
The lawsuit, whose documents were seen by TMZ and Pitchfork, further argues that Elden has suffered “lifelong damages” and that members of Nirvana “knowingly benefitted from their participation” in his “commercial sexual exploitation.”
Continuing, the suit argues that neither he nor his parents authorized “the use of any images of Spencer or of his likeness, and certainly not of commercial child pornography depicting him.”
The child ended up on the album cover after photographer Kirk Weddle convinced his father to allow it. The photos were taken at an Olympic size pool at the Pasadena Aquatic Center in California in 1992.
The family was paid $250 for the image, Entertainment Weekly reported at the time.
Elden had seemingly lived much of his life proud of his association with the album and has since recreated the image as an adult and even gotten the logo for “Nevermind” tattooed on his chest.
Since then, however, he has vocally complained of his relationship to the album.
Speaking to GQ Australia in 2016, he said:
“Recently I’ve been thinking, ‘What if I wasn’t OK with my freaking penis being shown to everybody?’ I didn’t really have a choice.”
He also claims that women have dumped him after finding out that he wasn’t earning royalties from the hit album, whose tracks have spent an enormous amount of time at the top of sales charts.
However, in a 2015 interview he also claimed to have greatly benefited from the image.
“It is a weird thing to get my head around, being part of such a culturally iconic image,” he said in an interview with the Guardian.
“But it’s always been a positive thing and opened doors for me. I’m 23 now and an artist, and this story gave me an opportunity to work with Shepard Fairey for five years, which was an awesome experience,” he added, referring to the Obey designer. “He is a huge music connoisseur: when he heard I was the Nirvana baby, he thought that was really cool.”
Neptune, the Roman God of Water, ‘Emerges’ From Waves in Photo During UK Storm
If we were to believe our eyes, it would seem that the ancient Roman god of water himself made an appearance on the shores of New Haven, England, on a day of especially rough surf.
What appears to be the “face” of Neptune was captured on Tuesday when photographer Jeff Overs of the BBC was taking photos of waves crashing over the harbor wall in the port city.
Of course, one is free to believe that the ferocious deity emanated from the depths of the sea to remind us puny humans of his wrath.
But alas, it was likely a simple example of pareidolia – the phenomenon of seeing faces and figures in otherwise random or ambiguous everyday objects.
The photographer snapped the shot amid high tide and winds exceeding 50 miles per hour (80km/h), namely because of the violent nature of the shore.
“It’s become a popular location for photographers because the sea ‘boils’ in high wind against the sea wall,” Overs explained.
“The waves splash into the high wind and when blown back occasionally make patterns that look like ghoulish faces.”
Overs added that one of the small foreground waves even resembles a hand – albeit a pareidolic one.
“It’s a straight shot and I haven’t manipulated the image at all,” he added.
Bill Cosby’s Release From Prison Prompts Strong Mixed Reactions from Hollywood
The shock overturning of Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction elicited a range of mixed reactions on Wednesday, with some greeting the release of the 83-year-old comedian and others sharply denouncing it.
On Wednesday afternoon, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ordered Cosby to be freed from prison after overturning his 2018 conviction for aggravated indecent assault.
One of the first to greet the news was Phylicia Rashad, Cosby’s co-star on The Cosby Show who played Clair Huxtable, the wife of Cosby’s iconic character Cliff Huxtable. In a Twitter post that was sent out minutes after the initial report, Rashad was ecstatic.
“Finally!!!!” she tweeted. “A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected!”
Following a backlash from Twitter users, she later tweeted:
“I fully support survivors of sexual assault coming forward. My post was in no way intended to be insensitive to their truth. Personally, I know from friends and family that such abuse has lifelong residual effects. My heartfelt wish is for healing.”
Attorney Lisa Banks, who has represented a number of prominent clients in sexual harassment and abuse cases, offered her own take on the release in an interview.
“Certainly the optics of this are terrible,” Banks said. “But the message has to be very clear and simple — that this was a mistake by prosecutors, a very unusual one and a technicality that is unlikely to happen again.”
Talk show host and Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera blamed “mob” justice for Cosby’s conviction in his own Twitter post.
“Told you so on Bill Cosby,” Rivera wrote. “He was convicted by a court so tainted by public opinion and social pressure that it allowed obviously prejudicial evidence and improper witnesses. He may be a bad guy, but in this case, he was railroaded by the mob.”
However, a number of female celebrities expressed their disturbance and anger over the “sickening” release of Cosby.
“I know many young women and men who are so afraid to press charges against their rapist and Re traumatize themselves I am heartbroken today to hear of the news of Cosby’s release,” tweeted actress Rosanna Arquette. “This is sickening. My heart is with my sister survivors. We have work to do.”
While comedian Kathy Griffin said that the release sent the wrong signal to women suffering sexual abuse, asking: “WHEN will things get better for women and girls regarding sexual assault, sexism, misogyny, and ageism? What will it take? So discouraged.”
Rapper Ice T posted a photoshopped image of a yoked out Bill Cosby covered in tattoos and posing with the caption: “SMH…”
50 Cent threw caution and nuance to the wind in outright celebrating Cosby’s release, referring to the elderly actor’s critics as hoe’s in a since-deleted Instagram post of a Jell-O pudding pops ad with the caption: “My son Bill beat that case, These hoe’s be tripping. LOL check out FOR LIFE on IMDb Tv now!”
Meanwhile, Indiana hip hop artist Freddie Gibbs kept his message simple, noting that accused sex trafficker and R&B star R. Kelly would be “definitely calling Bill Cosby lawyers right now.”