Lego My Planet

Lego, the enormously popular building-block set, has its famous bricks made out of — brace yourselves! — Earth-killing PLASTIC. Based in Euro-weenie Denmark, Lego has spent years trying to do something that violates the laws of both nature and of man, namely: they tried, and failed, to make Lego bricks out of recycled plastic. Nothing they have tried has the precise *snap* needed, and so the Earth is now doomed to be consumed in flames and floods, leaving future insectoid historians to wonder, millions of years from now: “Was it worth it?” Steve Green says yes. YES IT WAS.

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Gearhead IN SPACE
October 7, 2023 12:37 PM

I have dabbled in plastic injection molding. There’s a lot going on with the process; it is hard to do well. The tolerances of the finished bricks are remarkable, and there is no draft, no sink holes, no flash. As Steve said-Even if they could achieve the same perfection with recyclable plastic, the bricks wouldn’t snap together the same way because the 2 materials have different physical properties e.g. elastic moduli. I promise you there were engineers at Lego who knew this wouldn’t work before they even tried.

Ron Swansons Alter Ego
Reply to  Gearhead IN SPACE
October 8, 2023 3:03 PM

I promise you there were engineers at Lego who knew this wouldn’t work before they even tried.

Said another way. An enormous amount of R&D went into selecting the resin that Lego ended up using. They went through many, many iterations; and have likely tried and rejected many others over the years for a myriad of reasons. Yes, they knew using recycled materials would be a challenge they couldn’t overcome.
I have used injection molding for some very tight tolerance parts. The material selection is the most critical part of the process. It is not, oh let’s just use this.

Tim Scott
October 4, 2023 10:28 AM

I have some of the LEGOs that my Dad played with in the ’50s and they work fine with the LEGOs I have from childhood and adulthood, as well as the sets my wife and son have. Yes, we all play with LEGOs when given the chance. My wife did not grow up with them. For those how like LEGOs (so, not Bill), the sound of the bricks against bricks (like dumping out the bricks) is a unique sound that is pleasing to the LEGO fan. The other nice thing is that LEGO bricks and sets keep their value, so… Read more »

Donald Lehoux
October 4, 2023 9:55 AM

use the plastic Lego doesn’t want for car fenders

October 3, 2023 5:30 PM

The only real “toxin” that the sewer rats want to end is humanity.

October 4, 2023 5:40 AM

If you drill down into their policies and agendas far enough, you always find that they hate humanity and want to see much of it destroyed. Except themselves and their iPhones of course. This is an ultimate form of puerile egocentric selfishness. They basically want the planet for themselves and advocate the elimination of anyone not in their tribe.

The Left has managed to make a virtue out of hating their own species. Which is something found nowhere else in all of Creation. Most of their other aberrations stem from that basic deviancy.

Susan Fitzgerald
October 3, 2023 11:21 AM

When Bill mentioned George Carlin I thought he was going to talk about George’s skit on “saving the planet”. It’s hilarious and one of his best, IMO!

Douglas Saxum
Reply to  Susan Fitzgerald
October 4, 2023 10:36 AM

‘’Plastic, assholes.’’

Chaz Cone
October 3, 2023 10:32 AM

This is off-topic for today’s discussion but I noticed a couple of days ago that John Voight from Midnight Cowboy has taken the place of the Gorn in Bill’s office. Did he say why and I missed it?

Phil LeMay
Reply to  Chaz Cone
October 3, 2023 11:11 AM

The Gorn is on his military reserve training on his homeworld. He will return after subjugating some human colony worlds and eating a few of his surplus children.
John Voight is getting ready for his interview with Bill, soaking up the atmosphere in the office and depleting Bill’s store of Ho-Ho’s.

Kurt Wullenweber
October 3, 2023 10:07 AM

Sorry, just had to share this!!

October 3, 2023 4:53 AM

I think the simplest form of recycling is to repurpose some of the containers that goods come in. Lots of stuff comes in a sturdy, attractive or at least utilitarian container that can be used again rather than tossing it in the trash. If you already have the container and it’s a useful sort, then putting it back in service keeps it out of the waste stream. I think a lot of people would be encouraged to do this by one simple, economically viable, ecologically sound move. Pass an ‘eco-law’ that the labels have to be stuck on with an… Read more »

Susan Fitzgerald
Reply to  ACTS (TM)
October 3, 2023 11:52 AM

There are some stores that allow you to refill your containers, mostly cleaning products I think. Recycling seems to me to be just wasting one form of energy to save another. If you wash your cans/glass bottles/plastic containers, you’re wasting water to recycle those items. And I wonder how much energy is required to recycle any item. It’s going to take energy to melt down and reprocess all those recyclables. One of my pet peeves is the bottled water companies reducing the amount of plastic in a bottle, making them virtually impossible to open without squirting it all over yourself.… Read more »

Mark Hunn
October 2, 2023 9:17 PM

When my parents had to replace their washing machine a few years ago they bought one intended for commercial use. It’s not as bad as the crap you buy at the big box stores. Funny how entertainment devices keep getting better, it’s as if someone wants to make sure we don’t get anything done.

I was a sailor once. I’ll stop eating beef when the enviro-mentalists clean up all the floating whale crap.

Road Rider
October 2, 2023 12:06 PM

Best Foods Mayonnaise vrs Miracle Whip.

Rick Notkin
Reply to  Road Rider
October 4, 2023 4:14 PM

Miracle Whip!

Reply to  Road Rider
October 8, 2023 3:51 PM

I prefer Hellman’s* over Best Foods, ya’ filthy Californy deviant. I hates Miracle Whip no matter which coast it’s served on. It’s too sweet and it’s NOT mayonnaise at all. Hehehe … Read that in Yosemite Sam’s voice for extra points, ya lop-eared varmint. It doesn’t even say the word “mayonnaise” anywhere on the jar. It should say “Cloyingly sweet, disgustingly thin, sickeningly pearlescent, clotted, clabbered, slimy, smelly, terrible mayonnaise counterfeit designed for sissies with weak taste buds and no stones” but I don’t think there’s enough room to fit all that on the label. I wouldn’t have a jar… Read more »

Ron Swansons Alter Ego
Reply to  ACTS (TM)
October 8, 2023 5:18 PM

Hellmans >>>Miracle Whip
At the bottom of the scale; however, is Fluff.
Most disgusting product ever conceived.
Whipped Marshmallow??? Really??
It doubles as spackle, so it’s got that going for it.

Reply to  Ron Swansons Alter Ego
October 8, 2023 6:10 PM

Ha, never heard of the stuff. So I’ll take your word for it and give it a pass if it ever comes by.

Here at the local Walmart grocery store they have some stuff called “bacon jam”. It’s jam made from bacon as you may have surmised. I love bacon but I’ve never tried this. I can’t work up the nerve to go for it. Might be the best thing ever, might be an unholy alliance from the darkest pits of hell. Someday I’ll steel myself up real good and give it a go.

Reply to  Harry Ferguson
October 9, 2023 5:33 AM

Thanks for the feedback Harry. If the stuff in the attached picture is what you recognize as the “good” brand I’ll get some and try it. This is what they have where I shop for groceries and it’s not cheap. It’s just under $8 for a 9 oz. jar.

If it’s not the stuff you recognize, no harm no foul. I’m just back where I was before.

At the very least you’re offering me a chance to resolve this particular dilemma.

Road Rider
Reply to  Ron Swansons Alter Ego
October 8, 2023 8:46 PM

Ants really love it as spackle

Reply to  Road Rider
October 9, 2023 5:18 AM

I was thinking the same thing. Might pick up a jar for ant & fly bait. Then put Terro in it for the ants and when it attracts flies I can zap ’em with my Bug-A-Salt. I love that gun and use it a LOT but it gets salt all over the place. So I have to be careful where I shoot it. Salt, humidity and electronic components do not make for a joyous day. So far I’ve managed to avoid frying any expensive receivers, amplifiers, keyboards or TV/monitors and etc. I’d like that trend to continue into the indefinite… Read more »

Road Rider
Reply to  ACTS (TM)
October 8, 2023 8:59 PM

Crap ACTS. Great reply. I spent all of Sunday driving my wife from Central Coast of CA to Las Vegas so she could attend a 5 day quilting retreat. 9 hours. Radio off, didn’t listen to the news, had maps working on my phone and that’s it. We got into the hotel, I fire up the usual suspects, DailyCaller, Breitbart, Bonginoreport, then head to Townhall and PJ Media, and finally to the Network sites. Crap. Just Crap. All our BWDC banter, all the back and forth, it was fun. Then I saw the news today. I feel like I was… Read more »

Reply to  Road Rider
October 9, 2023 6:16 AM

Gack @ a 55 gal. bbl. of Miracle Whip! You didn’t say so I’m not sure which news you’re talking about but … The war in Israel has been featuring prominently in the news since it began on Friday. So if that’s what you’re referring to, yeah it’s bad news. As it stands now, it’s not an existential threat to Israel. The tragic slaughter of innocent Israeli noncombatants is horrible but the IDF will stomp the living crap out of Hamas long before the tangos can threaten the actual existence of the nation of Israel. The Israeli forces are steadily… Read more »

Road Rider
Reply to  ACTS (TM)
October 9, 2023 7:11 AM

You nailed it. That’s what had me last night. Good to read your comment and yeah, I just saw that they IDF was already bombing hideouts for Hamas. I had read somewhere last night Hezbollah had also joined in attacks, but that was early reporting and could be erroneous. Thanks again for the comments. Different perspectives, different experiences, help for understanding a situation.

Reply to  Road Rider
October 9, 2023 10:40 AM

It’s difficult to interpret the news coming out of the Eastern Med at the best of times and this is anything but. The latest information I could dig up, which is current as of about 35 minutes before I started typing this, is that Hezbollah is NOT operationally involved in the conflict. Yet. The key word there is “operationally”. Meaning that Hezbollah has not joined Hamas in attacking Israel as an organization. There are “sympathetic” shootings and violence happening all over Israel and especially on the West Bank and the Lebanese border. Those are the usual nuts and barbarians that… Read more »