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Rubik's Cube -- a classic puzzle toy


can you solve rubik's cube?
Despite being an icon of the 1980s, the Rubik's cube was actually invented in the 1970s. Hungarian Erno Rubik introduced it to the world in 1974 under the name of the "Magic Cube", which was twice the weight of the current toy. He created this classic toy while developing a working model which could explain three-dimensional geometry.

Rubik finally solved his own puzzle after a month of trial and error. His creation was first shown at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 1979. The Ideal Toy Corp licensed this product in 1980 under the name "Rubik's Cube", and it is still in production to this day.

Rubik's Cube fun facts

  • The cube, made up of nine coloured squares on each side, can be rearranged in 43 quintillion different ways (43,000,000,000,000,000,000).
  • Rubik's Cube won the German Game of the Year award in 1980.
  • The toy was so popular that Ideal Toys published Rubik's Cube Newsletter from 1982 until 1983.
  • The current world record for solving Rubik's Cube is held by Dutch teenager Mats Valk, who managed to solve it in 5.55 seconds.

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