When you think LEGO, you probably think the little plastic, interlocking bricks that used to keep you occupied for hours on end. So it might surprise you to learn that the company was originally conceived as a wooden toy manufacturer, after founder Ole Christiansen lost his carpentry job, and apparently had a lot of lumber on his hands.
Starting from the shop in his home in the early 1930s, Christiansen built up his LEGO empire with wood, until adopting the plastic bricks in 1949. Still, it took years for the company to phase out wooden products altogether.
Today the company is one of the largest toy manufacturers in the world– over 560 billion LEGO bricks have been created so far.