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Rubik, the Amazing Cube

ABC ordered a full season of an animated series about it's adventures. "Rubik, the Amazing Cube" aired 13 episodes on Saturday mornings in 1983. The puzzle was given legs, a face and magical abilities. To complete the 1980s-ness, Menudo was enlisted to perform the title song.


The Rubik's Cube - fun facts and history

 

In 1974, 30-year-old Ernő Rubik was a professor of architecture in Hungary when he had the idea of constructing a handheld puzzle game based on geometry that could help students understand spatial relations. The first prototypes made of wood blocks and paper clips were encouraging. Pairing with a toymaker in Hungary, Rubik saw his original Magic Cube get modest distribution. In 1980, when the Cube was licensed by Ideal Toy Company, developers changed the name to Rubik's Cube - they felt "Magic Cube" invoked ideas about witchcraft.

Teen solves 3 Rubik's Cubes simultaneously, sets world record

A teenager who first impressed people by solving three Rubik's cubes while juggling them is now back with another extraordinary feat. Que Jianyu from Xiamen, China, has created a Guinness World Record by solving three Rubik's cubes simultaneously, using his hands and feet.

A video which shows him solving three Rubik's cubes at once has garnered over 40,000 views since it was shared online on Thursday, along with a ton of amazed comments.

According to Guinness World Records, the 13-year-old set the fastest time to solve three Rubik's cubes simultaneously with both hands and feet in just 1 minute 36.39 seconds. He then also went on to break another record by solving a cube while hanging upside down in just 15.84 seconds!

Changes to the World Cube Association Regulations

Recently, the World Cube Association Regulations Committee have made changes to the regulations that govern competitive speedcubing which have gone into effect as of the 1st of January 2018. Some of the most notable changes include puzzles with any sort of logo now illegal for blind events, competitors are now allowed to use their hands to inspect the puzzle prior to solving with their feet, and competitors now being allowed to use any “pillowed” puzzle when previously only pillowed 7x7x7 were only legal.

Firstly puzzles with any sort of sticker logo are no longer permitted in blindfolded events. This means if a competitor had a sticker logo of any sort on their puzzle the solve would be counted as DNF (Did Not Finish). This even includes cube stickers with the logo as part of the sticker itself. This has caused Mofangge, the company that produces the Valk 3 and the Valk 3 Power, to respond in a statement offering people who purchased or have purchased a cube to receive an extra cap and an extra white sticker so the cube is legal in blind 3x3 solves. However, on stickerless cubes where the logo is on the actual puzzle this may prove to be a problem.