Friday, May 28, 2010

The Rubik's Cube Turned 30 in March


Between about 1980-1981, the Rubik's Cube was all the rage. I know I'm once again dating myself, but hey, I didn't ask for all of these underage readers! These days it seems as if everything I once loved is aging. My teen idols have all grown up. Kirk Cameron, Jason Bateman and Corey Feldman are all dads now.

My favorite games and dolls are all celebrating 30 years of fun. I don't want to grow up along with them. I told you about Strawberry Shortcake and Pac-man turning 30, well add Rubik's Cube to the 30 club. In case you're clueless as to what the heck a Rubik's Cube is, Rubiks.com describes the puzzle as, "... a 3x3x3 plastic cube with different colored squares revolving around a central axis to produce around 43 quintillion different combinations with only one solution!"

Due to my suddenly busy schedule, I begged my husband to write a retro post. He declined. What did I expect from someone who has read about three of my blog posts? Instead he quickly told me about a time when he gave up trying to solve the Rubik's Cube and simply removed the stickers and reapplied them giving the impression that he had completely solved the puzzle.


Five Fun Facts About Rubik's Cube

  1. The Rubik's Cube was developed by a Hungarian university lecturer, designer and engineer named Erno Rubik.
  2. More than 350 million Rubik's Cubes have been sold since 1980 -- one million were sold between 1980-1981.
  3. Rubik's hosts World Championships that gather hundreds of entries from all over the world who try to  solve the puzzle between 10 and 30 seconds, BLINDFOLDED!
  4. The current World Record Holder for solving The Cube is Dutch teenager Erik Akkersdijk. In July of 2008, he solved the cube in 7.08 seconds.
  5. Rubik's offers a variety of other puzzles such as the challenging 4x4 and 5x5 version  and even have their own YouTube channel.

    24 comments:

    Tom said...

    I'm older than that thing? Sheesh.

    Mrs. Claus said...

    Yeah, I'm older than a Rubik's Cube too. . . I actually remember when they came out and everyone on the bus trying to solve it. . . Man I'm old!

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    Ms. Anthropy said...

    How I hated those things! My boys could do them, I never could. Grrrr!

    Babes Mami said...

    My childhood arch nemesis!

    Cheeseboy said...

    The cube is making a comeback. My gifted first graders love that thing.

    Hagler Happenings said...

    The best I could ever do was 2 sides. That's not for lack of trying. We got one for my son a few years ago. Now I'm off to go find the thing.

    Kristie said...

    I just found your blog and I can't quit reading it! :) I love the 80s!
    Come on over and check out my blog when you get a chance. I'm having a cool giveaway right now, too!

    TS Hendrik said...

    Nothing makes me feel quite as stupid as a Rubik's Cube.

    Still I try. One day I shall figure it out.

    RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

    I join the club of Rubik's Cube Haters and the club of those who hate those who can figure out the Rubik's Cube. Damn them!
    Cheers,
    Robyn

    Mamma has spoken said...

    I can't figure one of those out either. My son can in under a minute. He's explain to me one too many times about the secret to solving the cube but it is WAY above my mentality. He had to do a senior exit project when he graduated from high school. He compaired life to a Rubik's Cube and solved several cubes as he talked. Yea, he's a science nerd...

    ScoMan said...

    I love the Rubik's cube.

    I remember when I found my dad's and I would sit for hours on end playing with it.

    Maggi said...

    Yep, I totally took the stickers off too. Happy bday stupid toy for jerks! :P

    sara said...

    My brother had probably every single Rubik puzzle that was out there. I have never once solved it. I think the closest I came was solving one side.

    LaraAnn said...

    I don't think that I could ever solve this thing. My brother might have- or did he just peel the stickers off and put them back on to make it seem like he did. We had the Missing Link and the Pyramid too.

    nikki said...

    Damn you Rubik! *Shakes fist*

    Also, my husband doesn't read my blog either.

    Copyboy said...

    I also learned that there's actually a braille rubik's cube. No joke.
    FYI...I was able to complete a side in 22 minutes when I was a mere 14 years of age. Beat that blogosphere.

    Marlene said...

    Are you kiddin' me?! The Rubik's cube was like WOW!!!! One of my favorite mind-bogglers! I was 16 or 17 when I got my first one (shaddup) and it took me about a month to figure it out....but figure it out, I did. I was able to solve the darn thing in about five minutes. Take that, Copyboy ;) Yeah, I know - brag, brag, brag.

    If it makes you feel any better - a couple of years ago, I decided I really missed my cube and wanted another one. My daughter bought it for me as a gift...and I sat there ready to peel the stickers off it when I couldn't remember, after a week of trying, how to figure the damned thing out.

    So, solving a cube is not like riding a bicycle. Just sayin'.

    Big Mama Cass said...

    Oh yeah I totally do it blindfolded. All the time. With my arms tied behind my back. LMAO :)

    Joe Cap said...

    The only way I was able to solve it was to peel off all the stickers, and then stick them back on the correct way.

    Salt said...

    Aaaaaand I am older than the Rubik's Cube. I had no idea.

    I was never able to solve that damn thing, but I, too, cheated by removing the stickers. My mom totally knew I was a liar because they would be all dog-eared at the edges.

    liz said...

    This has nothing to do with your post, but I just saw the news that Gary Coleman died. Talk about a show from my childhood!

    MiMi said...

    The one thing that I always felt good about was that Rubik's cube was older than me...but now I learn it's not.
    Shoot me now.
    AND, Gary Coleman died today. :(

    Powdered Toast Man said...

    I had to cheat and look online to solve that thing but it's still not that simple. You have to memorize the configurations. Idk how someone figures it out otherwise. I only remember how to solve half of it...lol

    ~ Noelle said...

    so, did you ever figure it out?
    i tried.. and gave up.. my dad could do it though

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