Did you know that the Rubik’s Cube made its international debut in 1980? Initially the Rubik’s Cube was invented by Ernõ Rubik in 1974. The largest Rubik’s Cube is 3 meters tall, while the smallest is just 10 mm wide; both can turn and rotate like a normal Cube. There are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 different ways to scramble a Rubik’s Cube. The first Rubik’s Cube competition was held in 1982. The current human world record time for solving a Rubik’s Cube is 4.59 seconds (a robot’s record time is 0.637 seconds). Almost 400 million cubes have been sold world-wide making it one of the best-selling toys ever.
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Ernõ Rubik initially named his invention the “Magic Cube”. To work around the tightly controlled market in Communist Hungary, Rubik brought his invention to international toy fairs, where it immediately caught the attention of mathematicians. Tom Kremer spotted the Cube in the Nuremberk Toy Fair in 1979 and wanted to sell it to the rest of the world. When Tom Kremer and the Ideal Toy Company launched the toy, they renamed it The Rubik’s Cube.
Ernõ Rubik invented the Cube as a way of looking at 3-dimentional problems as well as a way to see if a something could be made with a mechanism that allowed for independently moving parts, while still remaining intact.
The 6 faces of a Rubik’s Cube are colored red, blue, orange, white, green, and yellow. Initially there was no order to the colors on a Rubik’s Cube. On modern cubes the following colors are opposite of each other: white and yellow, blue and green, orange and red.
Since 1980, many improvements have been made the Rubik’s Cube making it lighter, with more durable tiles, and with joints that move more smoothly. Special ‘Speed’ cubes are made for those interested in competitions. They are even lighter and faster to use.
The most valuable Rubik’s Cube, The Masterpiece Cube, was made in 1995. It is adorned with rubies, emeralds, and other precious stones and is valued at $1.5 million.
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