Friday, 13 November 2020

LEGO -- Innocent Fun or Weapon of Destruction?

Who doesn't love LEGO,
the iconic, educational, fun-filled
toy of childhood?


LEGO helps build a
sense of accomplishment
and self-esteem,
no matter your age!



Some may even find
a spiritual aspect
to them --


But there's a darker
more evil side to LEGO.

And if you've encountered it,
you'll never forget the 
horrific experience!


It can bring the mighty to their knees!





Few other things can match or exceed
LEGO's pain barometer!
 

But . . . remember THESE?


* * * LATE-BREAKING ADDITION * * * 


Leanna of Can We Have a New Witch, Ours Melted just sent me this meme in response to my post. Because I had no idea WTF those alien-looking things are, she very kindly provided me with an explanation in a subsequent email --

People become very familiar with "goat heads" here in the southwest U.S. They are from weeds that grow and when the weeds die in September it is best to not run barefoot outside and you have to leave your shoes outside the door and not wear them into the house. These buggers hide in rugs when brought into the house from shoes. You have to cut them out of the rug fabric with scissors in order to get them out. You have to pull them out of your shoes with tweezers and if they break off the thorns will work their way through the sole of your shoes.


Holy moly! I'm so glad to live in the frozen northern tundra of Canada where these do not exist! I hope that doesn't change with Global Warming. We didn't used to have Lyme Disease and Murder Hornets here either and now we do.

51 comments:

G. B. Miller said...

Legos!

The new "walking across hot coals" expirience!

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

Another great one, Debra! My son is almost 21 now, but there are still boxes of Lego in his old room and Lego houses put together on his shelves. :) -Jenn

Moving with Mitchell said...

You had me in completel agreement regarding Legos... and then came the jacks. Oh the memories! Legos aint got nothin'!

Travel said...

I have never owned legos, somehow I missed out on that one.

Frank said...

Where do you find these things? And why? But you do keep us entertained!
Personally I've never stepped on a Lego...but would you like me to send you some goatheads?

Sixpence Notthewiser said...

Hahahaha
The Lego school is fantastic! I love Legos. I have been known to sit along tykes and spend hours building weird stuff. Some of those models are so complex you'd need a degree to complete them!
That kid costume is utterly adorable. Jacks are weapons of mass annoyance, BTW.

XOXO

anne marie in philly said...

have never stepped on legos or jacks. just cat hairballs.

Bathwater said...

My house is full of Lego. I mean full. If a bomb went off it would be a dangerous aftermath.

Bob said...

My feet hurt now, at the memory of a LEGO attack!

Cynthia said...

Painful memories. Somehow it was agreed (I forget how or when) that all our grandson's legos would be kept at our house (he came here after school.) He's 18 now and the legos have moved on.

Mistress Maddie said...

I just saw a pack of jacks like that for sale at a vintage store...but that Godzilla one is so funny....and so TRUE...as my dad would tell me.

Linda dev said...

I needed a laugh this morning. Thanks Debra.

Martha said...

These are great lol. Jacks definitely take the win!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

so funny!!!

Kirk said...

A good pun can make me laugh out loud, as I did with the Jesus one.

Leanna said...

I'm sending you an email that if I knew you were posting this that there is something more painful and can hide in rugs. When you see it you will know what I mean if you have ever encountered it.

Parnassus said...

I have never stepped on jacks or Legos, but have had some nasty encounters with those bed frames.
--Jim

Tasker Dunham said...

Lego was after my time - I had Meccano. But our kids had Lego and yes it's painful. But some of it was worth a fortune when we sold it some years later.

Jamie Ghione said...

I was not big on either Legos or jacks, therefore I've never stepped on either.

Marie Smith said...

My grandson loves playing lego. Me not at all.

pam nash said...

My grandson enjoyed Legos though they all just ended up in a drawer in his room at the end of the day.

Mike said...

We still had all our kids legos down in the basement. Our daughter just brought over our granddaughter and collected all of them. That's a few more things cleared out of our house.

brewella deville said...

Goat heads are the absolute worst. I stepped on one while walking home from the public pool, barefoot on the hot pavement on a 100 degree day, walking because not one of the freaking parents remembered to pick up all of us cousins from the pool. Yeah, I got goat head issues.

Mistress Maddie said...

Yep...I think Leanna wins the painful foot object to step on!!!!!

On a trip out west years ago, I saw these weeds. They were in bloom with very pretty little dainty yellow flowers. My cousin said come back in September and see how pretty they are then!!!

I now understand and see why.

Rosemary said...

My sons loved Leggo - it provided them both hours and hours of fun time whilst growing up.

Tundra Bunny said...

As a little girl, I cut my left foot by stepping on glass, on a board with a nail that went right through to the top of my right foot, jacks and lots of hard plastic Barbie shoes from the 1960's, but I NEVER would have survived those goat heads! The worst things we had to pick off our clothes or dogs were wood ticks and burrs...LOL!

Susan Kane said...

I have stomped on all of those. Don't forget Barbie doll shoes.

Guillaume said...

Legos are both the greatest invention in earth and the most evil one.

Joanne Noragon said...

I'm with you on goat's heads. May they never come to Ohio.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I was 33 when Legoland had it's grand opening in Southern California, and I went there alone. Nobody wanted to join me, but that didn't stop me. It was worth it.

Have a playful weekend.

^.^ said...

I never had the privilege of owning Lego as a kid ... but the place I lived in did ... and all of us 52 lost kidlets were very much Lego fanatics ... building "perfect" homes ... Sending much love, friend D ... cat'

Martha said...

HOLY MOLY! Those "goat heads" are pretty nasty!

Ol'Buzzard said...

Not on legos but on global warming: There were two new species of spiders that are not native, found in Maine this summer. We never had ticks in Maine until sometimes in the late eighties. Invasive species continually move north; now if we could just send midges and no-seeums south....
the Ol'Buzzard

Cop Car said...

Our basement playroom has a couple of shelves of Legos - our great-grandsons'. Unfortunately, these days, we don't get to see the great-grands; but, we can go play with the Legos anytime we want!

Rain said...

Oh my gawd those goat heads look violent!!! The little girl on the Jacks box kind of looks a bit evil doesn't she??? :)

Linda said...

Oh yes, I remember very clearly how much it hurt to step on a Lego! And as mentioned in previous comments, those hard plastic pointy stiletto Barbie heels! I played with Lego a lot though as a kid, we had lots of it. Those goat heads look awful!!! I don't think we have those here, and I hope they stay away. Have a great sunday. :)

pam nash said...

Leanna is absolutely correct - sticker burrs are the bane of the world. I have stepped on my share barefoot and it is as painful to pull them out as to step on them from the get go!! And, it hasn't been so long ago that my shoes and jean-clad legs looked like the shoe picture!

Suz said...

We just called them stickers. Sadly as a child, I was in favor of running barefoot throughout the neighborhood and I stepped on these little bastards all the time. You would have thought I was smarter than that, right?

This N That said...

never stepped on them that I remember.Love the shark...Legos will go on forever..Have a happy weekend..

Rommy said...

Living in the northeast, I've never seen those goatheads burrs before, but eeeeeek!

Magaly Guerrero said...

I always suspected that the little girl that appeared on the jacks's packaging was a little psycho. I mean, look at that smile. She's plotting something that will involve shrieks!

Ellie-TheForgottenMuse said...

Ah Goat Heads...nature's lego.
Those things are of the devil!!! LMAO!
We have them here in Idaho. Evil things I tell ya!
They will give your lawn mower a flat tire, as well as your
bike or garden wagon tires. Almost nothing kills them.
And I've found my fair share in the carpet OUCH!

The Blog Fodder said...

This post and the comments made me cringe with remembered pain.
Lost count of the Tetanus shots from stepping on rusty nails when I was a kid. Our kids had Lego which I trod on from time to time just to practice cursing. No idea where the Lego is now. Those Goat Heads are indeed evil and I never want to meet them in person.

The Liberty Belle said...

Fun post. Have a great week.

Ur-spo said...

I remember having LEGO as a boy - these were basic blocks.
My niblings love LEGO but nowadays they seem to be very specific bits to make a very specific something or other.

e said...

Oh yes, stepping on a Lego in the middle of the night - Agony! Swearing!
When I lived in California I had a goat's head puncture a bicycle tire. They are terrible plants.
I had jacks as a youngster but I seem to have survived without stepping on one.

All of these are in a class of weaponry called 'caltrops'. Used back in the horse warfare times. If your horse goes down from a punctured hoof, you are fighting from the ground.

JACKIESUE said...

goat heads..the ruin of many a summer day of bare footin'

baili said...

haha
this is incredibly hilarious haha
i confess i stepped on Lego many times when my eldest son brought them to home as gift to his younger brother ,he would spread it everywhere in veranda specially near entrance ,it was painful experience indeed lol
enjoyed this post soooo much
thank you for lightening up my day precious Debra :)))

Anonymous said...

My brother used to make Lego decapitators. First he'd make a long verticle shaft and would send down a stack of bricks - more or less like an elevator. This pile would land on a hapless Lego person's neck which would pop off, roll down a chute and land in a train car with a dumping bucket. Then the train would cart off a bucket full of heads. One time he make one of these that was two stories tall. We were all very prouud of him.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ Anonymous -- Did he fulfill his early promise and become a serial killer as an adult?

Fundy Blue said...

Oh, Lord, I have stepped on goat heads! This tundra transplant learned really fast to avoid them ~ LOL!