Keghan explains in under 3 minutes how Rubik’s cube came to life and what are the World’s Records on solving the cube. One thing is for sure: I haven’t played with one such cube in a very-very long time and I should start buying one.
The world record for solving the classic 3-by-3 standard Rubik’s Cube was set in March, 2013, by Mats Valk of the Netherlands in 5.55 seconds.
The original Rubik’s Cube was invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and architecture instructor Erno Rubik. After trying and failing to make the squares move with elastic bands, Rubik designed 26 individual small cubes that held themselves together by their shapes to form one 3-by-3-by-3 cube, which consequently has over 43 quintillion possible permutations. That’s 43 with eighteen zeros: 43,000,000,000,000,000,000 or, 43252003274489856000 to be exact.