Do you remember the '80s? Then, old timer, you'll remember
being caught up in the biggest toy crazy ever to hit the human
race. Rubik's Cube was the coolest, most frustrating
puzzle on the market. If you could complete it then you were
a god amongst your peers and girls would throw themselves
at you (unless you were a girl, of course)... Well, that's
how we romantically remember the craze that swept the nation.
And now it's back...
been 25 years since the first Rubik's Cube was launched on
an unsuspecting public. What? You've never heard of it? Where
have you been for the last 25 years? Next you'll be telling
me you don't know who Adam Ant is... Okay,
listen up youngsters, here's a history lesson...
Rubik's Cube was the biggest and fastest-selling cult
'toy' of all time. It was invented by a Hungarian Professor
called Erno Rubik. Over 300 million of them have been sold
since the early 1980s. Here's how it works: The Rubik's
Cube has six different coloured sides or "faces" each
of which is made up of nine squares. Once the faces are jumbled
up, solving the Cube consists of rearranging those squares
by twisting the various faces around an ingenious central
axis, until all six faces are back to their original colours.
Sounds simple enough doesn't it? Well it's not - believe me
you're talking to a man who sprained his wrist because he
played it so much.
are, apparently 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 different combinations
- which is why I was never able to complete it. That's my
excuse and I'm sticking to it. Actually I did eventually manage
to work it out but by that point no one was impressed (mind
you that was two years ago).
plenty of people can do the Cube, and some of them can do
it fast. The UK's Champion Cuber, 19 year-old student Dan
Harris, can do it in an average of just over 20 seconds. And
he's recently notched up his personal best time of less than
Speedcubing is already big in America, and it's catching on
fast in Europe too. This year (in early November), the World
Rubik's Championships will be held at Disney World, Florida.
So maybe you should put in a few more hours practice if you
want to compete with the best. And if you can't do it, worry
pack also comes complete with a handy 7-step solutions guide
to help you beat the Cube.
your new to Rubik's crazy world, or remember owning one of
these in its heyday, this is still a must own puzzle. Thanks
Drumond Park for helping me revisit my childhood.
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