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Rubik’s Cube (1980s)

Rubik’s Cubes were 3D combination
puzzles arranged on a 6-faced cube (duh) that was invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and architecture professor Erno Rubik. Originally named “Magic Cube,” it was licensed to the Ideal Toy Company in 1980 and renamed Rubik’s Cuke.

Each face of the cube is covered with six different colored stickers — white, red, blue, orange, green and yellow. An internal pivot mechanism let each face turn independently. The goal was to get each face to display all one color.

Today, Rubik’s Cube come with various numbers of sided shapes, dimensions and colored stickers. Not all of these Rubik “products” are made by the Rubik company. Since 2003, The World Cube Association (Rubik’s Cube’s governing body) has organized official competitions and maintains and tracks official world records. If you’re completely stumped there are various books that can help you solve your Cube. (Or just cheat and move all the stickers around — so much easier and less frustrating!)