Happy Birthday Rubik’s Cube! – 10 facts about the cube

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Rubik’s Cube- one of the most intriguing 3D combination puzzle of all times turns 40 today. Also known as the Magic Cube, it was invented in 1974 on this day by Ernő Rubik. It is identical by it’s six faces covered by nine stickers, each of one of six solid colours (white, red, blue, orange, green, and yellow).  An internal mechanism enables each face to turn independently, thus mixing up the colours. To complete the puzzle, one has to bring one single colour on each of it’s face.

On this occasion, here are 10 shocking facts about this little square mind bomb.

  • There are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 ways to scramble a Rubik’s Cube!
  • If a person had as many Rubik’s cubes as there were possible configurations, they could cover the surface of the Earth 275 times.
  • The most expensive Rubik Cube is called the Masterpiece Cube and was made by Fred Cueller from Diamond Cutters International to celebrate 15th anniversary of Rubik`s cube. In the case of Masterpiece Cube following materials have been used in construction: 18k of solid gold, encrusted with 22.5k of amethyst, 34k rubies and 34k green emerald. This Rubik Cube is worth $1,500,000.
  • For some players the Rubik’s Cube can take hours or days to solve. For others, solving the Rubik’s cube only takes minutes and for the best of the best, mere seconds. The current human record holder, Mats Valk of the Netherlands, solved the Rubik’s Cube in 5.55 seconds in 2013.
  • Speedy Rubik’s cube players can solve the puzzle in seconds. It took Ernő  Rubik himself almost a month to solve the puzzle after he invented it in 1974.
  • Ernő  Rubik had not invented the Cube by intention. He was solving a 3D geometry equation when he ended up building this model. Infact, he wasn’t even sure that it was solvable.
  • Any idea what is the minimum number of moves needed to solve the Cube? Only 20! And any idea when this minimum numbers needed was found out? Just back in 2010!!
  • Cube solving has taken the form of a game, popularly called, speedcubing. And it is held at the international level by World Cube Association.
  • In 1980, Ideal Toys was going to call it the Gordian Knot, but someone suggested Rubik’s Cube and the rest is history.
  • The final fact is that, today it took me more than one and a half hour to solve this puzzle! Hence, the delay in publishing this article.

So, if you intent to solve the Rubik’s Cube today, do send us your score in our Creativica page and we will publish it! Have a cubic day folks!


Spondan Bora

Engineering graduate, movie freak, writer.

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