The Rubiks Cube

25 04 2010

So I’m 20+ years too late…but better late than never I reckon.


The Rubik’s Cube is a 3-D mechanical puzzle invented by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik in 1974!  Still despite 350million cubes having sold worldwide, it’s said only 1 of 7 people who’ve encountered it have actually solved one.

Buying a cube

There are many fakes on the market but the original Rubik’s Cube is available still from Ernő Rubik’s company in Hungary – Studio Rubik. The commercially available one in any shopping mall or ToysRUs is China made.  In some parts of the US, there is supposedly a higher quality one which is assembled in the US. Both are easily identified by the Rubik’s Cube – sticker on the white center square.  However, these 2 versions are different from the Hungarian one – Studio Rubik cube as the movements in these are still essentially plastic and can be lubricated by petroleum jelly aka vaseline for ease of movement. The Hungarian made cube has metal joints which requires oiling with something like WD-40.  Furthermore the Hungarian cube is possibly the only one NOT made from any Made in China bits.

Fun and Games

Solving the Rubiks cube without luck and probing requires less than 8 algorithms and about 80 turns. Even after 2 days, it takes me 12 minutes tops to solve a cube. I’ve actually learnt 2 ways of getting this done –

1. Instructions from sheet in the box.

2. Dan Brown’s V-Tutorial off Youtube.

Either way, you’ll be able to solve and memorize the algorithms required in about 12 hrs (roughly how long it took me).

Never a better time!

So why did I choose to do it this year? It so happens to be the 30th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube – 1980-2010.



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