Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Failure of copyediting or imagination?

LEGO has produced instructions that are designed to be interpreted -- picture-based steps that can be understood in any language and by a huge range of ages.

But with interpretation comes Internet debate -- this is the price we pay for the ability to see the Dramatic hamster. Over at the FAILBlog last week (thanks Nikki for the link), a picture of an instruction page was uploaded from a LEGO set that apparently shows a 1x3 plate being placed onto a 1x4 section of baseplate. The fuzzy math and intentions of the set designers have then been bandied about in the comments sections.

The discussion is not for the faint of heart. Studs (the tops of LEGO bricks) are called bobbles, Ben 10 is dismissed as a new theme, and plenty of M.C. Escher references. It's up to you to decide if this is an epic fail or merely a matter left open to interpretation.

Image via FAILblog.

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