8 fun facts about the Rubik's Cube


Rubik's Cube is a 6 sided mechanical puzzle that turns about 3 axes to produce an almost endless number of combinations. The aim is to return the cube to a state where there is a distinct color on all 6 sides.  

Here are 8 fun facts about the Rubik's Cube.

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1.  Invented in 1974, it took the inventor (Professor Ernő Rubik) over a month to solve it.

2. Over 350 million Rubik's Cube have been sold worldwide

At an average price of 10 USD, 3.5 billion dollars have been spent on the Rubik's Cube!

3. It has been calculated that there are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible permutations of the Rubik's Cube.

That is 43 quintillion, 43 followed by 18 zeros! If you had 43 quintillion dollars, you can spend a trillion dollars a day for the next 118 thousand years.

via Rubiks.com

via Rubiks.com

4. If you manage to turn the Rubik's Cube once every second, it will take you 1.4 trillion years to go through all the permutations.

The age of the universe is only 14 billion years, thus you won't be done even if you started this during the Big Bang.

5. It can be estimated that less than 5.8% of the world's population can solve the Rubik's Cube

percentage of people that can solve the Rubiks Cube

6. The world record for solving the Rubik's Cube is 5.55 seconds by Mats Valk

7. A robot made of Legos solved the Rubik's Cube in 3.253 seconds

gif made from video found on youtube

gif made from video found on youtube

8. The largest Rubik's Cube ever made is a 17x17x17 cube. 

Kenneth Brandon solved it in 7.5 hours.

via cnet

via cnet

Bonus: If you can't solve it, smash it!

A Rubik's Cube was hurt in the making of this gif

A Rubik's Cube was hurt in the making of this gif

Interest in solving the Rubik's Cube? Take a look at my solution guide.