Sunday, January 21, 2007

Who Invented Rubik's Cube?

Who Invented Rubik's Cube?

Erno Rubik, a lecturer in the Department of Interior Design at the Academy of Applied Arts and Crafts in Budapest, Hungary. He called his invention 'The Magic Cube'.

Rubik invented it in 1974, during the oppressive Communist rule over Hungary. It wasn't produced until 1977 by Politechnika, a Hungarian toy company. Ideal Toys brought the toy into major production in September of 1978. In 1979, Seven Towns Ltd., a London-based company, worked with Ideal to market the toy. Finally, in May 1980, Rubik's Cube got its name and started to be exported from Hungary.

What Is It?
A 3x3x3 cube, with a color on each side. The idea is to twist any side to rearrange the colors so that each is left with a solid color.

Totally Cube Facts
In 1980, Ideal Toys considered renaming the Magic Cube 'The Gordian Knot'! in honor of Erno Rubik, Rubik's Cube received the name we all know.

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor hosted the Rubik's Cube's launch in America, beginning with a Hollywood party on May 5, 1980.

Over 100 million Rubik's Cubes were sold from 1980-1982.

A fun collectible of 1981 in Britain was a Rubik's Cube showing Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer (enjoy some paper Charles and Di dolls)

Among the youngest Cube solvers ever back in 1981 was seven year old Lars-Erik Anderson of Norway. How fast can you go?

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