They come from out of the sea! Giant! Mysterious! What are they? Will mankind survive first contact with the . . . Giant Lego Men?
No, seriously. Well, partially seriously. I don’t know about invasion, but there really are giant Lego dudes washing ashore all over the place. The latest incursion was on the beach of Siesta Key Village in Florida.
The Lego dude was about 6 feet tall and looked just like a regular-sized Lego man. Only much, much bigger. And with the words “No real than you are” printed on its chest.
Now, you might be forgiven for thinking this was probably the only occurrence of its kind, but you’d be wrong. Identical Lego dudes also washed ashore in Zandvoort in the Netherlands in Aug. 2007, and another one was found off Brighton Beach in England in November of 2008.
A quick websearch of the words “no real than you are” turns up the website called www.egoleonard.com. So, the site’s written in Dutch, but via bablefish translation here’s approximately what it says:
My name is Ego Leonard and I greet you from the virtual world.
A world which for me stands for luck, solidarity, everything green and blooming, and without rules and restrictions.
Recently, my world has been flooded with luck-seekers and those who want power.
Many new meetings in my virtual world have left me very curious as to your surroundings.
I am here because I thought of your world and wanted to discover and understand it.
Show me all of those beautiful things which your world has to offer.
Be my friend, and tell me tales, take me on your travels to beautiful landscapes, show me your words and gestures.
Okay, not too creepy.
Although I love the idea that there are more of these things floating on the oceans of the world, adrift, heading in the general direction of nowhere, to eventually wash up on shore in front of befuddled beachcombers. It makes the world a much stranger place. I like that.