The world’s favorite toy: The Rubik’s Cube

I am sure all of you have already tried to solve the world famous Rubik’s Cube. But did you know that it is actually named after its inventor, the Hungarian Ernő Rubik? The Cube is more than just a simple toy. People have passion for it from all over the world and millions of websites, blogs, videos and books are dedicated to the Rubik’s Cube.

Let’s run through the short history of the Cube and learn some interesting facts about it.

Ernő Rubik is a Hungarian architect, designer and university professor. Originally he wanted a working model to help explain three-dimensional geometry and ended up creating the world’s favorite toy which he first named Magic Cube. The first toy was sold in 1977 in Budapest and they started to export it 3 years later when it was renamed to Rubik’s Cube. Ever since then more than 300 million Cubes were sold and it has inspired fashion, design, architecture, movies, music, there is even a movement dedicated to the Cube, called the “Rubikubism”.

I am sure all of you know how it works and how to solve the Rubik’s Cube but did you know that there are 43 252 003 274 489 856 000 combinations of colors? And did you hear about the speedcubing competition? It is the practice of trying to solve the Cube as quickly as possible and they organize plenty of them all over the world. The record (for the classical 3x3x3 cube) is held by the Australian teenager Feliks Zemdegs with 5.66 seconds! Another impressive record is the blindfold solving which is held by the Hungarian Marcell Endrey with 27.65 seconds. Well, obviously it takes a lot of time and practice to get to this high level but here is a video to help you practice. So get your Rubik’s Cube and try to keep up with the speed because the video is pretty fast and it is rapping (yes, rapping). And if after you are still absolutely lost and helpless, just remove and replace the stickers 😉

What is your personal record? Do you have any special technique?

[Magyar]

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