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Lego Sets Record With World’s Tallest Tower to Celebrate Its 80th Anniversary

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The London Summer Olympics do not begin until July, but world records are already being broken. The world's tallest Lego structure was completed Sunday to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Danish toy maker. Standing 105 feet high in front of Seoul's Olympic Stadium, the structure took more than 50,000 colorful bricks and five days to construct. More than 4,000 children participated in the construction.

The final piece of the tower was put in place by Danish Crown Prince Frederick. This new tower bested the height of the previous tallest structure, which was built in France in October and stood at 103 feet. So far the new structure has already received more than 30,000 visitors.

The first official Lego tower was built in London in 1988 and reached nearly 50 feet. The record for the tallest tower has been broken now more than 30 times.


Strangers on the social news site Reddit are being credited with comforting a dying man. Scott Widak of Massachusetts, who has Down syndrome, was recently diagnosed with a terminal form of liver disease.

Widak's nephew, Sean O'Connor, knew his uncle loves getting mail, so he turned to the Reddit community. O'Connor said he had hoped getting mail from a few people would cheer up his uncle. The family got more than it bargained for.

After about three hours, there were more than 1,300 comments from people interested in sending Widak mail. O'Connor posted a link to a news story about Widak's art, interests, and pictures and a P.O. box address.

Reddit took down the post earlier due to the amount of public information it contained. Strangers sent Widak everything, including music, DVDs, personal keepsakes, and art supplies. Widak also received heartfelt well-wishes from around the world, including Sweden, Australia, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

O'Connor said, "My family and I are amazed at how so many strangers could come together for a random act of kindness."

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