LEGO: Another great article at Wikipedia. Name one geek who never played with Legos.
The company’s name was coined by Christiansen in 1934, from the Danish phrase leg godt, meaning “play well.” The word “LEGO” is claimed to mean “I put together” or “I assemble” in Latin, although this is a rather free translation of a verb form that normally would be translated as “I read” or “I gather”.
You know what I loved about the Lego Space series back when I was a kid? The way they didn’t want to encourage violence, so they didn’t include any overtly weapon-like blocks in their sets. But they did make other blocks that we’re so-o-o-o easy to repurpose. Antennas that just happened to look like blaster cannons when mounted horizontally. And rocket tower guides that worked just like the wing-mounted machine guns on World War II Spitfires, like they were just begging you to mount them on the wings of your space ship.