Writer's Note: Before any of you try to beat us at the line of fire, yes, those people were literally looting bricks.
All of you, BrickHeadz, know how frustrating it can be to sort out a big pile of LEGO bricks looking for a tiny piece you need to complete your build. It's annoying. Although it is likely not as boring or brutal as looking in your own head for a figurine head – something that six people recently had to do for research and for the safety of children.
This little messy search, which comes via Ars Technica, has been published in Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health and was essentially about how long it would take for six adults to suck up LEGO Minifig heads. They found that the average time needed to digest and excrete the heads was 1.71 days, which corresponds to 5,000 years of Minifig, we assume.
The authors of the research, Andrew Tagg (from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Melbourne) et al. found that among their six test subjects, the shortest time to excrete LEGO heads was 1.14 days, while the longest was 3.04 days. The researchers called the time needed for the subjects to find the heads in their own poop as the weather found and recovered, or FART. The qualitative aspects of LEGO logs were determined by the stool hardness and transit score, or SHAT score. And how was all this information collected? By the subjects themselves, who had to sift and pull their heads.
The test subjects came from an Internet community made up of pediatric hospital workers, which is why these people were likely to threaten the health of their colon – and the cleanliness of their hands – or the interest of this research. Toddlers eat just about everything, especially small pieces of plastic, and it's good to know that they will not be harmed. Although LEGO parts can be a lot bigger than Minifig heads ….
What are your thoughts on this scoop? Are you ready to throw Minifig heads like popcorn now? Let us know in the comments!
Pictures: Barney Moss, Universal, Warner Bros.