Parachute pants, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Growing Pains, L.A. Gear, Breakfast Club....what do all of these have in common? They all helped define the 80s. Come take a fun "Journey" with me as we revisit the totally radical decade.
Invented by Hungarian architecture professor in order to show how to move individual parts without destroying the structure as a whole, he didn't know he had created an amazing puzzle until he scrambled it and worked to restore it. Ideal Toy Corp. eventually bought it, and the rest is history.
Solving the Rubik's Cube might seem easy, but it's not. I remember being is grade school and trying to figure it out. I was awesome at solving one side, but only a handful of kids could do all six sides with no problem. I remember seeing Rubik's Cube contests on TV, and the speed these people would turn the pieces and solve it in a matter of minutes boggled my mind.
I remember seeing the commercial back in '82, and Sir Isaac Newton looked dumbfounded trying to solve the damn thing.
I also recall seeing a book on how to solve the Cube at book fairs. Although I was tempted to buy it, I wanted to figure out how to do it on my own. It took awhile for me to figure it out, and the secret is to solve it in "layers." And then go one by one, solving the top, middle, and then bottom layers.
The World Record for solving a Rubik's Cube is 5 minutes, 55 seconds held by Mats Valk.
I personally never came close, but I surprised myself by actually solving it without throwing it out the window.