I have a 6-year-old boy which means I have a house full of LEGOs. Did you know that LEGOs got their name from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means “play well”? It has been my experience, however, that the Danish phrase leg godt could more appropriately be translated as “tiny pieces of hell that rain down on your floor and cause unspeakable pain and suffering when stepped upon.”
It is no wonder, then, that “I hope you step on a lego” has become part of our vernacular.
The Urban Dictionary says — “I hope you step on a LEGO” is a phrase often used as a retort in rage comics and reaction images to express one’s resentment towards someone who has done something unpleasant as to deserve punishment or ill-fortune, such as accidentally stepping on a LEGO brick.
B: Bitch please!
A: I hope you step on a Lego!
B: Don’t ever say that again, you sick bastard.
There have been shirts made…
And of course memes abound. I particularly like this one about a doctor using “stepped-on-a-Lego” as part of a pain scale.
Gizmodo says that Why stepping on a lego hurts so much is one of their most asked questions. Which they have answered – very thoroughly.
By now you are probably asking yourself “What the hell does this have to do with woodworking?” Well, I came across a new YouTube channel today by Kevin R. Turgeon. Aside from jewelry boxes, Kevin apparently really likes to build LEGO models. The most recent video on his channel was about combining these two passions and building a very nice LEGO tray to be used while building with the little hellish bits of plastic.
Kevin came up with a very elegant design. Whether or not this would keep my boy from coating my carpet with LEGOs is undetermined. But I like the possibility of success that this tray poses.
I’ve posted Kevin’s video below for your convenience. While I’m usually a proponent of building these types of things, if you need immediate relief from your LEGO-tiled living room, Kevin is offering his trays for sale on Etsy.
What do you think of Kevin’s LEGO tray? Overkill? Will it work to keep LEGOs off the floor? Let us know in the comments below.
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