Lego is a line of toys featuring colorful plastic bricks, gears, minifigures, and other pieces that can be assembled to create models of almost anything imaginable. Interlocking plastic bricks were first designed by a child psychologist named Hilary Page. Today, Lego Group manufactures about 20 billion Lego bricks a year, and a substantial fan culture has developed that has used the toys to build such things as a harpsichord, a pendulum clock, and an electronic lab kit. What does "Lego" mean?
E. M. Forster
Back in the day
Pluto was discovered by the astronomer Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona while he was searching for a "Planet X." Small in size, Pluto has come under scrutiny in recent years over its status as a "planet." With a surface temperature of about -360 F (-218 C) and 3.67 billion miles (5.91 billion km) away from the sun, it was named "Pluto" by an eleven-year-old girl who likened it to the Roman god of the underworld--distant and cold. How long is a year on Pluto?
Born on a day like today
Morrison is an African-American writer and former editor for Random House whose work helped bring African-American literature into the mainstream. In 1988, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Beloved, which is now included in the canon of American literature, and she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. Her fiction is noted for its poetic language, lush detail, and emotional intensity. Why did she call Bill Clinton "the first black president," causing a stir?