Interestingly, the Rubik Cube was invented in 1974 (and patented in 1975) by the Hungarian sculptor and architecture teacher Ernö Rubik. This puzzle made the inventor a millionaire.
Interesting Rubik's Cube Facts:
- Rubik's Cube is the leader in toy sales with 350 million Rubik's Cubes sold.
- Many people call the rubik's cube puzzle. This is a misnomer. Speak Rubik's Cube correctly.
- The following interesting fact is mathematically proven: the number of all reachable different states of the Rubik's cube is 43 252 003 274 489 856 000.
- Rubik's Cube was voted Toy of the Year in 1980 and 1981.
- The algorithm that solves the Rubik's cube in the minimum number of moves is called the "God algorithm". With the help of large-scale calculations on a computer, mathematician Thomas Rokicki proved that 22 moves are sufficient to solve the Rubik's cube.
- Interestingly that Oscar Van Deventer created the largest Rubik's cube 17x17x17, in contrast to the standard 3x3x3.
- Any combination of Rubik's Cube can be solved in 20 or fewer moves.
- A 16-year-old Los Angeles high school student won the first World Cup in Budapest in 1982, solving the cube in 22.95 seconds. Experts can solve the puzzle in 24-28 moves.
- Interesting fact, Rubik's cube was solved by Anssi Vanhala from Finland in 36, 72 seconds, and he did it with his feet.
- People who are fond of fast Rubik's cube are called speedcubers.
- The current speedcubing record is held by Mats Valk from the Netherlands. He solved the puzzle in 5.55 seconds.
- The largest Rubik's cube measuring 3 meters and weighing 500 kg is located in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA.
- The smallest Rubik's cube with a 10 mm edge was made by the Russian programmer Evgeny Grigoriev.
- The most expensive cube was the "Masterpiece Cube" created by Diamond Cutters International in 1995. The cube was made from 22.5 carats of amethyst, 34 carats of rubies, 34 carats of emeralds and 18 carat gold, and was valued at 1.5 million dollars.