LEGO Releases Lunar Lander Module Set for Apollo 11's 50th Anniversary

LEGO
LEGO

Some of LEGO's most famous sets, like the Millennium Falcon and Hogwarts Castle, let builders recreate their favorite structures from pop culture in the real world. But the toy company also has some impressive sets based on real-life masterpieces of architecture and engineering. The latest product that falls in this vein, the LEGO Creator Expert Apollo 11 Lunar Lander module, reimagines NASA's Apollo 11 mission as a 1087-piece kit.

The designers at LEGO designed this set in collaboration with NASA to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in July. The interlocking brick model features many details from the original craft. The descent stage has gold panels, laser hatches, and a ladder, while the ascent stage comes with a detailed interior. When the two astronaut minifigures disembark, they can explore a lunar surface featuring footprints, a crater, and a United States flag.

The LEGO Creator Expert NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander
LEGO

LEGO has recreated famous spacecraft in the past. The Space Shuttle Discovery, the International Space Station, and a Mars Exploration Rover have all been sold as sets by the company. LEGO has even developed kits based on structures that haven't been built yet. In June, LEGO is releasing seven products inspired by future missions to Mars as part of its LEGO City Mars Exploration collection.

To add the Apollo 11 Lunar Lander set to your LEGO collection for $100, look for it at LEGO stores and at the LEGO online shop starting June 1.

This Might Be the World's Hardest Jigsaw Puzzle

Amazon/Beverly
Amazon/Beverly

For advanced jigsaw puzzle players, the standard 1000-piece board is child's play. But imagine if none of those pieces had a cute cat or weeping willow on the front to guide you.

The “Black Hell” puzzle ($26)—or “White Hell” ($30), depending on your color preference—by Japanese manufacturer Beverly features a single solid color on its front. Adding an extra layer of frustration, the company claims its micro-sized puzzle pieces are the “world’s smallest,” suitable only for the nimblest of fingers.

One reviewer said it took him 17 months to complete half the puzzle. Another commented, “This puzzle is the devil reincarnated into an inanimate object!”

Although the front of the puzzle is blank, different patterns are imprinted on its back to help users connect the dots. This apparently disappointed one especially masochistic puzzle enthusiast, who wrote that it was “less impossible than I had hoped.”

The recommended age for this puzzle is 7 years and up, but it’s safe to say that this devilishly hard task is best left to professionals.

While the Black Hell is certainly in the running for the most challenging jigsaw puzzle, it doesn’t top the chart for ones with the most pieces. Amazon sells a 40,000-piece puzzle featuring Disney characters, and there's a massive one from Kodak at more than 51,000 pieces, but it's usually sold out. If you want to just start at 1000 pieces, you can see a larger collection here.

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What Can Your First Name Predict About Your Future? Let This Fun New Online Tool Tell You

Actress Emma Watson.
Actress Emma Watson.
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Having a common first name can be a curse, or—if you share yours with some of society's most famous and accomplished figures—a confidence booster. If you're tired of using horoscopes to predict your future, a new online tool from DIRECTV will show you what glamorous occupation your first name is associated with.

Depending on how much stock you put in name meanings, yours can determine your chances of becoming a musician, author, actor, athlete, or politician. Emmas are destined for the screen, with nine out of every 10,000 actors bearing the name, according to the site. Johns dominate the literary world, with the name accounting for 317 of every 10,000 authors. And in the sports scene, five out of every 10,000 athletes are named Meghan.

You can see which category your name is most likely to appear in by plugging it into DIRECTV'S tool and clicking submit. The average Joe may not have much in common with Joe DiMaggio, but imagining what your future might hold is a fun way to pass the time nonetheless. After looking into your first name, check out the meanings behind these common last names.

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