Did you know that more than 350 million Rubik’s Cubes have been sold since its creation, making it one of the best-selling toys of all time? That’s a lot of money being made from a toy.
In 2014, the popular and frustrating 3D puzzle toy, turned 40 years old. Originally called the Magic Cube, it was invented by Hungarian sculptor and Professor Erno Rubik and patented in Hungry in 1974.
It wasn’t until it was licensed to Ideal Toy Corp. in 1979 and patented in the U.S. that it was renamed the Rubik’s Cube in honor of its creator. For some, the puzzle can take hours, days and even months to solve (if at all). Surprisingly, it took Rubik himself almost a month to solve his own puzzle after he invented it. In 2013, Mats Val of the Netherlands set the world record, solving the cube in 5.55 seconds. Although there is only one solution to the Rubik’s Cube puzzle, where each side of the cube consists of the same colors, there are approximately 43 quintillion ways to scramble the cube before playing.
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