The LEGO Group Released a Central Perk Set for the 25th Anniversary of Friends

The LEGO Group
The LEGO Group

Chandler, Joey, Monica, Phoebe, Rachel, and Ross will forever be memorialized as six New Yorkers who spent an inordinate number of business hours lounging on a burnt-orange couch in the fictional café Central Perk. And to celebrate this year’s 25th anniversary of the Friends premiere in 1994, the LEGO Group released a 1070-piece set that recreates the Central Perk TV studio set. It's currently available on Amazon for $60.

The coffee shop in brick form is an expertly designed rendering of its real-life counterpart. The iconic couch and its surrounding furniture are at the center, the stage area is to the right next to the entrance doors, Gunther’s counter is to the left, and the service exit is in the back. Two television cameras flank the upper front corners of the set, which you might recognize if you were lucky enough to be an audience member at one of the live tapings.

LEGO Friends Central Perk Set
The LEGO Group

Although the layout of the set is impressive in its own right, its details truly capture the essence of the beloved NBC sitcom. The “reserved” sign sits on the coffee table, the platter on the service counter is stocked with baked goods, and two umbrellas occupy the umbrella stand by the door. The café is also peppered with flower vases and 15 coffee mugs.

The collection includes figurines of all six friends, plus Gunther, and they each wield very apt accessories. Joey comes with a pizza box, pizza slice, and “man bag"; Monica munches a muffin; Chandler totes a laptop; Gunther brandishes a broom; Rachel carries a tray and mug from her ill-fated waitressing days; Phoebe holds her guitar, perhaps strumming “Smelly Cat” or a lesser-known tune like “Parading Goats” or “My Papier-Mâché Man”; and Ross flaunts his keyboard, doomed to be unappreciated during his time by anybody but Phoebe.

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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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