I saw this on TV, looked pretty neat.
Just Muttering has the answer from NostalgiaLand:
Well, to begin with, fire engines have 8 wheels and 4 people riding in them.
8 plus 4 is 12.
12 inches is a foot.
A foot is a ruler.
A famous ruler was Queen Elizabeth.
The "Queen Elizabeth" was a ship that sailed the sea.
The sea has fish.
Fish have fins.
The Finns fought the Russians.
The Russians are red [sic] and fire engines are always rushin' . . .
. . . which is why fire engines are always red.
HRD: Did you have blueprints or schemes to work from?
TK: There was nothing like that out there. So it was mostly trial and error. I started with the roof before anything else.
HRD: Is it all made entirely of Lego?
TK: It’s 99% Lego materials. There’s some light string and twist ties in there. The electronics are all from Lego Mindstorm. ...
HRD: What’s your major at MSOE?
TK: I’m a Junior majoring in Architectural Engineering, specializing in Environmental Engineering, which includes HVAC, plumbing and fire protection. I’ll graduate in May 2009.
The summary from SnapFiles.com:
Stickman enables you to create animated cartoons, without the need for any drawing skills. Instead of drawing, you can choose from a collection of enhanced stick figures that look like cartoon characters, and can be animated in the same way as stick figure animations, using control points. You can use full color backgrounds and choose from a variety of characters and objects that can be used in your animation. The program also includes a character editor (Elemento) that allows you to design your animation objects. Stickman supports multiple layers, adjustable camera angels, and more.
Idea: Use this as a game with kids learning US geography.
"A dancing hippo, a magical dragon, happy fairies, and other fantastic creatures populate these pages. The characters look alike, but a closer look reveals subtle differences. With these 30 whimsical pictures, kids can sharpen their detective skills by figuring out the similarities and distinctions. The fanciful illustrations are fun to color, too!"