Got a Lego collection? Get busy
Lego. The famous name, according to Wikipedia is, “derived from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means “play well.” And Lego’s do provide for that, fueling creativity and pleasing parents, so long as they don’t accidentally step on one barefoot.
If you grew up with the primary-colored plastic building blocks – who didn’t? – you may want check out the following life-hacks for that secret stash out in the garage:
Ole Kirk Christiansen, a Danish carpenter, created the plastic marvels back in 1947 after a fire forced him to reassess his manufacture of wooden toys. “Since then, over 400 billion of the familiar plastic bricks have been made,” Twenty-Two Words reports.
That’s a ton of building material. So what to do after playtime is over?
“Most LEGO pieces are made of durable ABS plastic and will never decompose,” according to Brick Recycler. That’s great for kids who are hard on toys, but a big “uh oh” in the recycling world. Those folks who think outside the sandbox aren’t concerned, however.
Enter the Lego home, full-sized for real people.
That’s right. You can make a home out of Legos. So start buying the bricks, people. “To build a real house out of LEGO pieces would take 3.3 million bricks, if you want a nice 2-story home like the one built in England for the show Top Gear.”
Former co-host of the original British series, James May, erected this wonder palace in a vineyard in Dorking, Surrey England back in 2009 – complete with a functioning shower, hot water, a toilet that flushed and a black-and-white no-need-to-feed kitty. No painting required either. No ongoing roof repair to save for. Sounds like the perfect solution to the indestructible Lego problem.
The house was put on the market with a price tag of free – provided owners would move the house to a new locale.
Sadly, due to disinterest or utter impracticality, the Lego mansion was deconstructed, bricks donated to local charities. Again, that’s a ton of material and so the cycle begins anew.
The bionic … pet
Stronger, faster, better. The fantasy bionic enhancements that used to reside only in the realm of 1970s television are now available for pets. Dogs, cats, pigs … and alligators, apparently. The high-tech prosthetics are not the stuff of super-strength or speed (not yet), but the means to make the best of what life offers.
“Bionic technology is removing physical barriers faced by disabled people while raising profound questions of what it is to be human. From DIH prosthetics realized through 3D printing technology to customized AI-driven limbs,” the Guardian reports, “science is at the forefront of many life-enhancing innovations.”
But human beings aren’t the only species afflicted with birth defects or tragedy that often leaves a body broken despite an eager spirit. And generous folks are doing their best to help everyone they love … even the most unlikely recipients.
Check out the video clip of Mr. Stubbs, getting acquainted with his new tail:
While some may blame a larger gator for crippling Mr. Stubbs, National Geographic reports, Stubbs “Lost his tail while being transported illegally by exotic animal smugglers in 2013.”
Whatever the reasons, the technology behind getting the gator swimming again is amazing.
Cuddle – therapy?
Are you a loving person? Looking for work? Take a cue from down under.
“One married mom of three rakes in $57,800 a year by hugging total strangers,” Fox News reports. “Jessica O’Neill, 35, started professional cuddling six months ago – and makes $1,100-a-week from her unusual job.”
The Gold Coast, Queensland, Austraila therapist began adding the special service to her offerings after 10 years in the business. That’s massage therapy and counseling. So why not cuddle for cash? Getting physical sprang naturally from O’Neill’s penchant for greeting clients with a hello hug – something the therapist believes aids her in reaching the core of patient suffering when clients lower their defenses
But cuddles for cash? Really?
O’Neill considers herself “a really affectionate person” whose mother taught her the value of a solid squeeze.
“O’Neill claims the hugs, which cost upwards of $60 an hour, help lonely people and those suffering from depression feel loved and valued.”
It doesn’t hurt that the young mother is lovely to look at. The majority of cuddle-for-hire recipients are male, but O’Neill’s husband reportedly doesn’t mind, although no interview with Jason O’Neill has occurred as yet.
“Jason is very supportive and completely gets it,” Mrs. O’Neill insists. “He loves what I do and thinks it’s really beautiful.” No doubt. “He is super affectionate and he gives me cuddles at home. Our relationship is what makes me so strong.”
To end on a sobering note, consider this article:
They’re OUT THERE!