Happy Birthday, Rubik’s Cube. While the gamed-up, iPhone-clad kids of today would scoff at you, men and women of a certain age will fondly remember the hours and hours of frustration/enjoyment that you provided before the advent of the Interwebs and all the fantastic things that came with it.
To celebrate the Rubik’s Cube’s big 4-0, here are four things you probably didn’t know about the puzzle.
The Man Behind the Rubix Cube
The man who invented the 3-D puzzle came from Hungary and went by the name of Ernő Rubik.
Mats Valk is the world record holder at solving the Rubik’s Cube. He cranked it out in 5.55 seconds. Check it:
According to Rubik’s Official Website, there are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 ways to scramble the puzzle. We got tired just after just typing that number out.
Since its inception, there have been more than 350 million of these bad boys sold around the world. No other toy has even come close to shifting as many units.