Did you know the Rubiks Cube is 40 years old?
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.