Researchers have been studying LEGO longevity! Don’t put them in the ocean, because they could last hundreds or even thousands of years – instead, maybe build something really cool to share with future generations. Plus: there’s a new world record in the category of most walnuts cracked by an elbow in under a minute. Yes, that’s a category.
Welcome to Wednesday, April 1st.
It felt like March was going to go on forever, yet here we are!
Some things just last a long, long time.
Which is my way of introducing you to a new research project studying LEGO longevity.
The fact that there’s a study about how long LEGOs last is probably more surprising than the results of this research.
I mean, they’re LEGO; they’re made of plastic, and we know that stuff sticks around.
But how long? A long, long time.
The researchers at the University of Plymouth in the UK compared bricks that had washed up on the coast to sets that had stayed more or less intact since the 1970s and 80s.
Their conclusion: LEGO bricks have it in them to last at least 100 years at a minimum.
The upper end of the scale is 1,300 years.
That means the LEGOs today’s kids are using to build could still be in the rotation in the year 3,320.
It’s a reminder to keep plastic out of the ocean, even of the LEGO variety, and also to build something really cool with your bricks.
Future generations just may want to check it out!
Meanwhile, here’s a story about something that didn’t last too long.
UPI reports that Muhammad Rashid, a martial artist in India, just broke the world record for cracking the most walnuts with an elbow in a minute.
He broke 256 walnuts, to be precise, and since the previous minute-of-walnut-cracking-by-elbow record was just 229, I think we have to say that, yes, he smashed the record.