Rubik’s Cube ushered in the 80s and the simple puzzle-like toy
took the decade by storm. Originally designed in 1974 under the
name “Magic Cube” the product was renamed the Rubik’s Cube in
1980 and went on to become one of the world’s best-selling toys.
In fact, the Rubik’s Cube was so popular that more than
100,000,000 of them were sold between 1980 and 1982 and
300,000,000 million of them (including imitations) have been
So what exactly is a Rubik’s Cube?
Considering how popular the darned thing is, it’s actually quite a
simple concept. The Rubik’s Cube is a square cube that consists of 26
smaller square surface cubes. These 26 surface cubes all rotate around
an inner core mechanism. Each side of the large cube is one solid color.
When you twist and turn the sides of the cube around, the colors become
separated and mixed. The goal is to then rearrange the smaller single
cubes back the way they were so that all sides of the cube are a single,
solid color again.
Sounds easy, right? Tell that to the millions of people who have spent
hours trying to figure the Rubik’s Cube out. (Unless of course, you were
one of the cheaters who just took the stickers off and rearranged them
when you got tired of trying to solve the puzzle.)
I’ll admit that I was part of the
move-the-stickers-to-solve crowd that simply became too frustrated to
continue turning the sides of the infernal thing. Sadly, the internet
and all its answers didn’t exist in my Rubik’s-frustrated days. Now,
there are websites devoted to helping you solve the complexities of the
cube. Here is one great site to help you out, although the instructions
seem to underline why it is that I never achieved this feat on my own!
How to Solve a Rubik’s Cube by
So there we were – all of the children
of the 80s – sitting around playing with this little box-like device.
Just to prove to our kids we weren’t nuts, we’re probably going to buy
them a Rubik’s Cube of their own. In fact, nowadays, the Rubik’s Cube
comes in a variety of designs. Instead of just coming in a 3x3 design,
it now comes in a 2x2 design, a 4x4 design and a 5x5 design. We can only
hope that one of these new designs will be able to compete with the Xbox
360 and the Wii for the attention of our kids.
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