A Tough Brick To Break

How can LEGO, a delightful construction toy, a versatile art medium, a celebrity plastic, that which is so fun, also be an instrument of pain?

Oddly, it can. Try walking barefoot on a floor, strewn with these innocent-looking little blocks, and you’ll discover the secret meaning of the phrase, “I hope you step on a LEGO”—a retort in “rage comics,” said to anyone who’s done you a bad turn.

The stab you feel is a combination of two factors. One, the sole of the foot has some 200,000 sensory receptors, which makes it very sensitive to pain. Two, when you step on a LEGO brick, your weight is concentrated on a very small area, generating a pressure of three million pascals. And because its made of a very strong plastic, it channels that pressure back into your foot, digging into it remorselessly, without itself getting crushed.

Known for their sharp edges and peerless sturdiness, each piece is built to withstand a weight of 950 pounds. It’d take a tower of 375,000 bricks, 2.17 miles high, to break the bottom one.

h/t: BBC and KNOW YOUR MEME and THE OREGONIAN 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s