Six sides, 54 colored squares, and meeeeellions of frustrating possibilites.
No one (geeks excluded) could solve it, but somehow the Rubik’s Cube became the most popular toy of all time. Yo-yo? Don’t think so. Hula Hoop? Soooo passé. Barbie? Sure, if you’re a 7-year-old girl.
The Rubik’s Cube is, without question, the most iconic symbol of the 80s. Nothing… not hair bands, not John Hughes movies, not MTV, is more closely associated with the 80s than that silly, frustrating little 2.25″ x 2.25″ puzzle.
Developed by Erno Rubik in 1974, it didn’t gain in popularity until 1980, but, man, did it gain in popularity. By 1982, more than 100 million had been sold, and it was a hit on playgrounds and in office buildings alike.
Male/female, young/old, rich/poor, blond/brunette, it’s almost a given that at some point in your life, you’ve picked one up and at least given it a shot.
Sure, we all knew it could be solved, but we were damned if we could figure it out. (No, using a screwdriver to pop out the pieces doesn’t count). And with forty-three quintillion (that’s 18 zeros) possible color combinations, it’s no wonder. One side? Sure. Two? Maybe? All six? Yeah, if you had a PhD in Particle Physics and Engineering.
We’ve already sung the praises of its more… shall we say ‘juvenile’ counterpart, The Rubik’s Snake, but it’s the Cube (oh yes, the Cube) that really helped make the 80s the awesome decade it was.
We ♥ the Rubik’s Cube.
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