If you haven’t been on Google today, you may not yet know that Google Doodle is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube.
I remember using my own money to buy my first little cube in the 80’s. I was oh, so excited. I eventually managed to get two of its 6 sides solved. Woo-hoo!
Eventually the little colorful square stickers started to wear off and the little blocks wouldn’t stay together; I was then off to the next fad of the 80’s, such as twist beads. Remember those?
Here’s a little bit of Rubik’s Cube trivia that I picked up from various sites such as Rubiks.com and the Washington Post.com:
The colorful cube was created in 1974 by Hungarian professor, Erno Rubik.
I think I had one of these triangle cubes when I was a kid, too.
The cube was 6-sided with 9 block stickers per side.
The challenge was to mix up the colors and return them so that all of the correct colors matched up.
In 1980, the Ideal Toy Corporation began licensing the cube as a toy, and the Rubik’s Cube popularity soared.
Rubiks.com gives a timeline of Rubik’s history on their site. They say that the first Rubik’s Cube World Championship was in Budapest, Hungary in 1982.
According to the Washington Post.com, Mr. Rubik was able to solve the puzzle in a minute.
If you think Professor Rubik’s solving time is fast, just imagine solving it in 8.18 seconds! This is how fast Feliks Zemdegs solved it at the 2013 championship in Los Angeles.
How fast can you solve the cube?
Did you have a Rubik’s Cube?
Thanks to RetroBill on eBay today’s photos. You can find his eBay store at http://www.ebay.com/usr/retrobill69?_trksid=p2047675.l2559.