40th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube

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According to Google, today is the 40th anniversary of the Hungarian-invented Rubik’s Cube. Originally called the Magic Cube, it was created by Budapest-born Ernő Rubik.

It’s actually a little difficult to pinpoint the “birthday”, as it went through many phases, stages and versions before coming to be the frustrating and addictive toy it is today.

 First Rubik's Cube World Championship, Budapest, June 5, 1982. Stamp of Hungary, 1982.

Hungarian commemorative stamp for the first Rubik’s Cube World Championship, which was held in Budapest on the 5th of June, 1982.

As a child of the Eighties, there was always at least one of these things around when I was growing up. We never actually tried to complete it; we just like fiddling with the silly thing!

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