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Rubik's cube is a 3-D combination puzzle which was originally called the magic cube. It has also won 'German Game Of The Year' special award for the best puzzle. It is sold worldwide and is also considered to be world's best selling toy.
Rubik's cube consists of six faces covered by nine stickers and consists of six colors including red, blue, orange, white, green and yellow. In the model white is opposite to yellow, blue is opposite green and yellow is opposite orange. It has a clockwise arrangement. There are mind boggling 43,252,003,274, 489,856,000 ways to arrange this cube but just one of those has the correct solution.
Here are some more interesting facts about this addictive puzzle:
A young professor of architecture in Budapest created this structure in the year 1974.
It was first sold in Budapest toy shop in the year 1975.
This magic cube was made up of twenty-six miniature cubes. They were known as the cubies or the cubelets.
The magic cube was renamed as Rubik's cube in the year 1980 as Rubik used a working model to explain its 3-Dimensional geometry.
Rubik who invented it, took a month to solve it for the first time.
There are about 350 million Rubik cubes that have been sold worldwide.
If you turn or twisted Rubik's cube once every second, then to complete all the configurations, it will take you 1400 trillion years.
The people who take part in speed cubing that is a competition to decide who can solve this in quickest possible time can solve this cube in under six seconds. This is incredible!
Mats Valk from the Netherlands completed this puzzle in 5.55 seconds. He also beat the previous record of Australia's Feliks Zemdegs which was 5.66 seconds.
CubeStormer 3 solved this cube recently this year in 3.253 seconds.
The Rubik's cube can be solved in 20 moves or less for every legal permutation.
It is located in Knoxville, Tennessee nad this cube is 3 metres tall and weighs over 500 kg.
The smallest one was made by Russian Evgeniy Grigorievis and is10mm wide.