Did you know the Rubiks Cube is 40 years old?

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It was 40 years ago when Erno Rubik, a architecture professor in Budapest, Hungary, put a name to the object he had created – a solid cube that could twist and turn, but didn’t fall apart. The object was not supposed to be possible – and it took him over a month to work out a solution to the puzzle. But As a teacher, he looked at the creation of the Rubik’s Cube as primarily an “object of art, a mobile sculpture symbolizing stark contrasts of the human condition: bewildering problems and triumphant intelligence; simplicity and complexity; stability and dynamism; order and chaos.”

Little did he know it would become the best selling puzzle in the world. And now it has become a national event! The 2014 Rubik’s Cube  US National Championships are underway and continue through August 3rd. 

Competition categories include Speedsolve, Blindfolded, One Handed, and With Feet. Click here to see the results as they come in.

Over the last 40 years, the Rubik’s Cube has evolved into several different styles and functions. At Puzzle Warehouse, we love to see new, interesting and unique versions of this popular brain teasing puzzle. Here are some of our favorites:

Rubik’s Void Puzzle

 

Similar to the Rubik’s Cube, the Void Cube Puzzle has one notable difference – the center cubes are missing! The addictive 3x3x3 mechanical puzzle is a multi-dimensional challange that facinates puzzle fans around the world. With “43 Quintillion” possible moves and only “1” solution, even the Rubik’s fan will find new challenge as you try and solve it!

Snake King 4x4x4:

The 4x4x4 King Snake has 64 blocks that make up a 4x4x4 cube when complete. The degree of difficulty climbs through the roof! Oh so tough! If you solve this in under 3 hours without the instructions, we will be quite impressed. (The fastest time to solve we know of is two hours). This King pattern with the checkerboard blocks is very tough even though there are 2 possible solutions, as the cube colors give very little hints as to the correct solution path.

2 thoughts on “Did you know the Rubiks Cube is 40 years old?

  1. Susanna

    This year has been so busy with overtime at work and doing things around the house. puzzles have unfortunately been put on hold (mainly because the rooms are filled with furniture and stuff while I find space for everything!) but hopefully things will continue to fall into place and I can get back to my puzzles in a few months. I was never good with rubiks cubes or any spacial /geometrickinds of puzzles but I LOVE the wooden puzzles from creative crafthouse! I have the regular snake and the orange or green one I think (maybe both) I had to cheat with the regular one and even now it throws me! I think the only puzzle of theirs I’ve figured out on own has been the penny one! I love that one LOL! I also figured out some of the soma cube solutions. i recommend these 2 to anyone – I keep a soma cube in my locker at work for times I have a break and need to get my mind on something else. right now the penny one is in the downstairs bathroom *blush*. I also like the maze puzzles – creative crafthouse has a golt themed one and a goat one I think – the golf one I had some trouble sliding with one thumb but it’s fun sliding the different sized pieces around so the ball rolls out. when I get back to having puzzle space I have a stack I’ve been making of the first ones to do plus I want to check out the new wooden ones from creative crafthouse!

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  2. Susanna

    well still had it on my wishlist LOL – the great escape is the other puzzle I was going to order one of these days but it’s out of stock. another really neat one is tower of hanoi – one looks like a jedi and the others were 7 or 9 and were rings – 3 piles and you keep moving them around until you move the entire stack of rings to another pole. I actually did the 7 rings once but boy you blink or get interrupted and you’re lost again! I had a puzzle similar to the great escape but think it was imported from somewhere and it stunk so I tossed it – creative crafthouse I think is in Florida and their stuff doesnt’ smell like chemicals at least none I’ve bought have smelled. I think they treat the imported stuff or something

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