Rubik’s Cube

rubikscube: The toy for the mentally fit
The Rubik's Cube: The toy for the mentally fit
Full NameRubik's Cube
Manufactureroriginally: Ideal Toy Corporation
Production Period1977 -
Sales350 million units
World Record Holder (2015)Lucas Etter: 4,90 sec
Seen inThe Fresh Prince of Bel Air (S03 1992)

The Rubik’s Cube (originally known as Magic Cube) is a 3-D combination puzzle that was invented in 1974 by the Hungarian professor Erno Rubik. The Rubik’s Cube was licensed and to be sold in the year of 1980. The goal of the Rubik’s cube is to arrange all faces in a way that they make up the colors white, green, red, blue, orange and yellow

The Rubik’s Cube: 43 quintillion solutions

The Cube can be arranged in 43 quintillion (a number with 18 zeros) positions making the Cube the center of many mathematical studies and theories. Solutions were developed which allow solving the cube in under 100 moves. In 1981 the first world-championship in Speed-Cubing took place in Munich. The official winner was German “Jury Froeschl” solving the puzzle within 38 seconds. The current world record for single time solution of the Rubiks cube was set by Collin Burns in April 2015 at 5.25 seconds. The fastest time however was set by a Lego-Mindstorm robot and is 3.25 seconds. For the inventor himself it took him 1 month to solve the puzzle not even being sure if it was actually possible to solve it. Other methods of solving the Rubik’s cube include the solving by foot, in a group or even blindfolded. 

Erno Rubik: The inventor of the Rubik's Cube
Erno Rubik: The inventor of the Rubik's Cube

Hollywood Launch Party for the Rubik’s Cube 

The Rubik’s cube became a symbol in 80s popular culture. In 1981 British band “The Barron Knights” released a song called “Mr. Rubik” which depicted a person going crazy after attempting to solve a Rubik’s Cube. It can also be found in one episode of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” in which Will Smith supposedly solves the Cube within seconds. The Hollywood launch party of the toy in the USA was hosted by Zsa Zsa Gabor who did not know that the Rubik’s Cube will become one of the best-selling toys in the world with 350 Mio. sold units until today.

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