One of our most whimsical promotional items is celebrating four decades of brain-teasing excitement in the new year. That’s right – the iconic Rubik’s® cube puzzle, a beloved relic from our childhoods, has been entertaining (and often frustrating!) users for half a lifetime now.
World Record Rubik’s
The original 3”x3” cube has – wait for it – more than 43 quintillion possible solutions. If that isn’t impressive enough on its own, it turns out that each of those winning combinations can be achieved in just 20 moves or less. Out of practice? We’ve got your covered – see our tips below.
Long before fidget spinners and sensory boxes, Ernő Rubik, a Hungarian sculptor and architect, invented the mechanical math puzzle. His work was complete by 1974, but it would take another six years to gain wide release. Once it did, the Rubik’s Cube became an instant sensation.
It became so ubiquitous, in fact, that professional-level competitions for solving the Rubik’s Cube are held each year around the world. These events celebrate speed, accuracy, and even the ability to solve the puzzle in extreme conditions, such as while blindfolded.
At the 2018 Cube for Cambodia competition, Australian speedcuber Feliks Zemdegs broke the world record by solving the puzzle in a lightening quick 4.22 seconds. Thanks in part to his jaw-dropping speed, he’s also the only speedcuber to ever win the World Cube Association World Championship twice.
Secrets for Solving
You don’t have to solve the puzzle in less than 5 seconds flat, but you may want a few tips for the next time you pick one up and start messing around. Keep the following in mind:
• The center tiles are part of the puzzle’s core, and they can’t move relatively to each other. This means these squares are already “solved” – instead, your goal is to bring the corner and edge pieces to the corresponding color center tile.
• Lighter colors like yellow and white are easier to recognize, so if you’re going for speed, start with these.
• A beginner’s method to solving the puzzle divides the cube into layers and then applying a given algorithm that keeps the correctly placed pieces where they need to be as you go. For a step-by-step tutorial, take a look.
New Twists on a Cherished Classic
In addition to creating the original 3”x3” cube we most often associate with Rubik’s name, Ernő Rubik is also responsible for mechanical puzzles: Rubik’s Magic (Classic and Master Edition) and Rubik’s Snake. His inventions paved the way for other similarly-styled complex puzzles, the most difficult of which is thought to be the Pentamix – a 9-layered Megaminx dodecahedron-shaped twisty puzzle.
We love a useful item as much as the next person, but not every promo gift has to be function-first.A Rubik’s Cube created with your custom logo is a playful way to send off clients or customers with something to remember you by.
Looking for something that evokes the spirit of this iconic puzzle while also adding value? Consider a Rubik’s wireless speaker, spinner, or mini-highlighter set for even more fun.
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