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The Rubik’s Cube is inarguably one of the most popular toys ever made and considered the best selling toy of all time. Over 350 million cubes were sold in the past 40 years and are still popular even now. It was invented by a Hungarian professor of architecture and inventor in 1974, Ernő Rubik, and originally named a Magic Cube. Rubik partnered with a toymaker in Hungary and soon, Ideal Toy Corp was licensed to sell the Rubik’s Cube.
Even though it is a 1980s invention, the Rubik’s Cube is still very popular, and to celebrate its 40th birthday, Google launched an interactive 3D doodle of the Cube, which caused a spike in the Rubik’s Cube sales. Trying to solve the Rubik puzzle is a fun and engaging skill that can be developed over time. Although it is categorized as a toy, the Rubik’s Cube is more of a complex 3D geometrical handheld puzzle game. Since its inception, many variations of the Rubik’s Cube have been developed.
The original Rubik’s Cube is a 3x3x3 twisty puzzle with six square faces of six different colors. There are nine smaller squares on each face, which form smaller cubes that rotate. The Rubik’s Cube has a remarkable 43 quintillion possible combinations, but curiously enough, every one of these positions can be solved in 20 moves or less. Rubik’s Cube enthusiasts work to master these moves.
Solving the Cube involves twisting the rotating cubes until each face has one color throughout. Mastering the Cube goes beyond just finding the solution. It requires memorizing a combination of movements performed in sequence. Larger variations of the original Cube, like the 4x4x4 and the 5x5x5, become more complicated to solve because the number of combinations increases significantly. Here are five (5) interesting facts about Rubik’s Cube that you might not know about:
There are Endless Twisty Puzzle Variations
Countless variations of twisty 3D puzzles have been created from the original Rubik’s Magic Cube. A twisty puzzle is a combination puzzle made up of a set of pieces that can change their position through a rotation or twist, rearranging the puzzle into one of its many combinations. Pieces can move independently around a point. The puzzles usually have more than one color.
Twisty puzzles vary in terms of shape, size, and number of pieces making up the puzzle. They can range from a small 2x2x2 puzzle to a 33x33x33. They make great collectibles. Inventors and designers have also gone to town with the Rubik’s Cube, developing the most unique and innovative twisty puzzles. Some of the interesting 3D puzzles designs include the Rubik’s Revenge, Pocket Cube, Pyraminx, Dodecahedron, Skewb, Void, Floppy Cube, and the Teraminx.
Speedcubing is the Sport for Rubik’s Cube Enthusiasts.
Speedcubing is a sport that involves solving the Rubik’s Cube and other twisty puzzles in the fastest speed possible. Speedcubers use a series of steps to solve the Cube in the fewest number of moves. Cubers do it layer by layer till the Cube is unscrambled and each face of the Cube has the same solid color. It requires a lot of time and patience to carry out these moves in the shortest time possible. Speedcubers solve the Cube in a matter of seconds. Ironically, it took Ernő Rubik, the inventor of the Cube, a whole month to solve his invention.
The World Cube Association (WCA) unites Rubik’s Cube enthusiasts worldwide in competitions and challenges. These competitions have drawn thousands of speed cubers from all over the world and from all age groups. The WCA holds Rubik’s Cube World Championships every two years.
Rubik’s Cube World Record-Holders
Feliks Zemdegs, a 24-year-old Australian speedcuber, is a world record holder and the only competitor to be a two-time winner of the World Cube Association World Championship. He is considered to be the most successful speedsolver in history. Feliks developed an interest in speedcubing when he came across some YouTube videos of people solving the Cube.
The current speedcubing record-holder is Yusheng Du, a Chinese speedcuber, who solved the Cube in 3.47 seconds. He beat Feliks Zemdegs’ record by 0.75 seconds. He set the new Rubik’s Cube single World Record while participating in Wuhu Open 2018 competition in China.
The Cube can be Solved Blindfolded.
For the majority of people, just solving the Cube is a big enough accomplishment. Cubing enthusiasts have taken cubing to the next level by solving the Cube blindfolded and in record time. Cubing while blindfolded requires an individual to memorize the puzzle positions and then solve it without looking. The world record holder for the fastest time to solve the Cube blindfolded is Jack Cai, from Australia. He completed the challenge in 16.22 seconds.
The Cube Inspired an Animated Television Series
The Rubik’s Cube came alive in people’s homes by creating the 1983 animated series, Rubik the Amazing Cube on ABC. The animated series ran for 30 minutes on Saturday mornings. The series’s main character was a magic Rubik’s Cube called Rubik, who had special powers and could fly.
Now that you know all of these facts, are you ready to pick up a Rubik’s Cube?