The little “Magic Cube” was born more than 40 years ago and has become world-famous thanks to the Hungarian engineer-inventor, Ernő Rubik. The iconic logic game conquered millions of people since then and also turned up in the most celebrated Hollywood films, spinning in the hands of Will Smith or Ryan Gosling. Come along and discover ten interesting facts about the Rubik’s Cube that might surprise you! 😉
- Even though Ernő Rubik invented the famous Magic Cube in 1975, it received its patent only two years later 31st December 1977, so the Hungarian game designer could start the year of 1978 as an inventor.
- The original name of the iconic game was Magic Cube, which was changed to Rubik’s Cube by the Hungarian inventor in 1980.
- Ernő Rubik originally developed his invention for teaching purposes; he wanted to introduce the spatial movement of bodies to his university students.
Solving the “three-dimensional puzzle game” can be challenging, which is not a coincidence, as its sides can be rotated into an unspeakable number of different positions; numerically: 43,252,003,274,489,856,000.
- The inventor also admitted that initially, it took him weeks to solve the riddle of the cube. According to Ernő Rubik, his invention is a “reminder never to give up. There is always a solution.”
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- As redbull.com reports, in order to solve the Magic Cube, a robot has already been developed. The robot, called CUBESTORMER 3, can solve the cube in just 3,253 seconds.
- This is very close to the time of the world recorder, Feliks Zemdegs; the Australian man solved the Rubik’s Cube within 4.22 seconds, with which he still holds the world record to this day.
- Donnie Darko, The Engineer, Armageddon or In the Footsteps of Happiness are just a few of the films in which the Hungarian iconic cube turned up.
The Rubik’s Cube has conquered the whole world over the years; more than 500 million units have already been sold around the world.
- Besides several national and international acknowledgements, Ernő Rubik was awarded with the Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Stephen in 2014, which is the highest medal awarded by Hungary.
Source: redbull.com; dailynewshungary.com