Magical, Hungarian or perhaps most properly, Rubik’s cube was invented by a Hungarian architect and inventor Rubik Erne in year 1974. Well, not as a toy but as a certain helping tool in order to explain better to his students of Faculty of Applied Arts in Budapest how to move certain parts of a entirety without falling it apart in 3D space. Rubik himself didn’t realize that he actually made a toy until he mixed the colors for the first time and couldn’t put it back together again. Modest Rubik claimed that he only ‘discovered‘ the cube, not invented it. For him, a cube is a part of the nature, not an artistic object. This cube, made of 26 smaller cubes that twist around common core, is considered as one of the most common toys in the world. Six colors, six sides assembled in 3 x 3 x 3 way, made of wood at start, offer lots of fun for brain cells, because there are many combinations and possibilities of solving the problem. Museum of Rubik’s cube should have its grand opening in 2017, in Budapest, in the shape of this recognizable mechanical toy, on the riverbank of beautiful blue Danube. The museum should be a sensation for all the ‘Rubik’ lovers, but also a recognizable symbol of Budapest in the world. This creative toy represents a compound of game and problem solving., and with its more than 300 million examples (not counting the fakes) it is the most sold toy in the world. Its 40th birthday, the ‘cube’ will celebrate in 2014, and preparations for that significant anniversary have already begun – Liberty Science Center hosted a 67-year-old Rubik who responded to call for helping about organization of this exposition where the cube mounted with diamonds will take place. Seemingly, totally ordinary game with completely ordinary cube. So, that’s why I’ll bring in some weirdness with this gallery… And I hope a little laughter too.
For blondes, definitely!
For those who live on sandwiches
For the hood fellas
For haiku poetry lovers
For the forgetful ones
For those collecting everything and then making something out of it
For those to whom colors mean nothing, so they dress in black and white combinations
For those who are always late, even on their own wedding
For those who always want to know more, or maybe they just seem to?
For gamblers and children learning to count to six
For smart student girls, if there are still some?
For neighbors and forever-students, which there are not so many, too..
For those with a cold and crying ones, to preserve their makeup
For those who can not get enough of everything, even cubes
For those who can drive and have their own car. I mean, it is useless if you don’t have a place to hang it
For mathematician fanatics who solve problems everywhere
For mechanics who enrolled in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
For tough and persistant ones
For those who can’t see well, but not in a mood for glasses
For musicians who prefer listening to others playing, and by God it is the easier way of listen to them!
For those in love, and then out of it and then in again…
For those who can enjoy in both small and big things
For those who are not always fair when sharing things with someone
For those who prefer white chocolate and the keyboard
For those who are not picky
For those who consider themselves as moderns
For ecologists that cut trees
For those who always find the forth side in the love triangle
For those who think of solving the Rubik’s cube as a recreation
For all those assembling the cube as if they’re doing it with their feet
For miners and thieves – cheers to the miners!
For those who find it hard to remember a phone number, but when they finally do, it is forever – so watch out!
For all those who consider the cube as a drug and can’t do without it
For smart and cheerful housewives, if there are still such…
For the clumsy ones to whom something always leaks out down the cup
For campaigners (who study on the night before the test)
For the undecideds
For very decisive
There are many various competitions in quick solving of Rubik’s cube, in solving it with eyes closed, using only one hand and even solving it using your legs and feet – believe it or not! The first record was set and it was just 38 for solving the cube. The first international championship in solving the Rubik’s cube was held in Budapest, on June 5, 1982, and the winner – a Vietnamese student from L.A. solved it in 22.95 seconds. Since 2003, there have been new rules introduced and the winner is the one who has the best mean time in three tries out of five. However, the current first place in the world, in quick solving of this cube holds a dutch Erik Akkersdijk who set the record of 7.08 seconds, set in Czech open championship in 2008. The record in average solving holds Felix Zemdegs with 9,21 seconds for solving it, which was set in Melbourne open championship in 2010.