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This Inspiring Amputee Made a Prosthetic Leg From LEGOs

Christina Stephens hopes to combat the "stigma associated with amputation in general."

When Christina Stephens' colleague suggested she make a prosthetic leg for herself out of LEGOs, it was a joke. But Stephens, an occupational therapist and a recent amputee, took it as a challenge, and went home to make the LEGOleg a reality. Using tubs of LEGOS her mother had collected from yard sales when Stephens was growing up, she crafted a substitute to her carbon fiber leg in just two hours. The result is a genius prosthetic, with Stephens' efforts—for seeing the positive, even fun side of her situation—to be commended.

Last January, when Stephens was changing the brakes on her car, it fell and crushed her foot, resulting in nerve damage. Since opting to have an amputation to salvage her health, Stephens has become a kind of unofficial spokeswoman for people dealing with the same kind of issues, hoping to combat the "stigma associated with amputation in general." She started Facebook and Twitter accounts dedicated to the subject, and a YouTube page under the name AmputeeOT, chronicling her experiences. The following video, documenting her two-day LEGO project, is just one example of how Stephens offers inspiration to those who may be facing similar physical obstacles.

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The LEGO Mug: The Coolest Way to Start Your Mornings

What if you could help the environment with your reusable cup, and use it as a toy?

There are plenty of reasons to invest in a reusable travel mug. To begin with, it cuts down on the amount of paper waste you contribute to the world. But what if you could help the environment with your reusable cup and also use it as a toy? That's exactly what the team at Think Geek had in mind when they conceived of the Build-On Brick coffee cup. Covered in studs and indents, the mug is designed to be played with before and after—or while—getting your caffeine fix.

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Can This Fun LEGO Footbridge Encourage Pedestrian Traffic?

Would you walk more places if this bridge were by you?


The footbridge is underrated. It really doesn't get enough love, though we can't figure out why. They're necessary, functional, and economical, packing a lot of sculptural form in a neat, capsule-sized dose. Call them flyovers, elevated paths, people-movers, or whatever, we love them.

And we really like this new footbridge design by architect Michael Jantzen, who's known for his eccentric designs (see this Transformer house for proof). This pedestrian bridge is particularly cool because it looks like it's made out of LEGOs. Seen from the roadway, that is, in elevation, the structure appears to be a large mass of the plastic bricks, with a stepped outline that could have been lifted from an 8-bit video game. According to Jantzen, the bridge, which is just a concept for now, can be made out of any material, though he's thinking pre-cast concrete would be best.

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