The History Of The Rubik's Cube

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The Rubik's cube has haunted peoples nightmares for decades. When it was first made, it was supposed to have “billions” of combinations though it actually has over 43 quintillion combinations (43,252,003,274,489,856,000 to be exact). Originally created to help students understand geometric concepts and 3D space the first wooden model was made in 1974 by Ernö Rubik and a couple of friends. After some time playing with it, Ernö realized he didn't know how to get it back to its original form. He reportedly said, “It was wonderful, to see how, after only a few turns, the colors became mixed, apparently in random fashion. It was tremendously satisfying to watch this color parade. Like after a nice walk when you have seen many lovely sights you decide to go home, after a while I decided it was time to go home, let us put the cubes back in order. And it was at that moment that I came face to face with the Big Challenge: What is the way home?”.

It was quite a challenge, and when he gave it to other people he found that they also grew very intrigued in it, but they too had trouble finding the way home. While it was a fantastic toy that he had created, it still hadn't caught on in the general public. This all changed with Tibor Laczi. Tibor was a Hungarian business man who actually found out about the Rubiks cube when he saw a waiter playing with it. The very next day, Tibor went to the state trading company, Konsumex, and asked if he could sell it in the West. At the Nuremberg Toy Fair,...

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