Since the invention of the Rubik’s Cube, very few other puzzle games have matched or come close to its popularity. Enthusiasts worldwide have always competed and set different records regarding Rubik’s Cube. For example, on December 13, 2023, the Dubai Knowledge Park created the biggest Rubik’s Cube, measuring 3m X 3m X 3m. On the other hand, the world’s smallest Rubik’s Cube measures 1 centimeter, and it is fully functional. Continue reading to find out more fun-filled Rubik’s Cube facts.

1. It was the Best-Selling Puzzle Game in 2021

In 2021, more than 450 million Rubik’s cubes were sold worldwide, making it the best-selling puzzle game of the year. Since its invention, millions of Rubik’s cubes have been sold yearly.

2. Erno Rubik Isn’t the Fastest Rubik’s Cube Solver

Although Erno Rubik invented the Rubik’s Cube and was the first to successfully unscramble it, the Hungarian architecture isn’t the fastest solver of the puzzle. In 2018, China’s Yusheng Du completed the puzzle in 3.47 seconds, in what still stands as among the shortest time taken to solve a scrambled Rubik’s cube. Rubik himself took a month to unscramble the Cube on his first attempt. His time significantly improved to under a minute with time.

3. You Only Need 20 Moves Or Less to Solve Any Rubik’s Cube Combination

While it’s true that there are at least 43 billion Rubik’s Cube combinations, researchers have discovered that you’re only 20 moves away from solving the famous puzzle. Using Google’s supercomputers to arrive at this conclusion, California-based researchers also claimed that it averagely takes between 15 and 19 moves to solve most Rubik Cube puzzles.

4. Speedcubing Allows Professional Rubik’s Cube Puzzle Solvers to Compete

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Sometimes referred to as speedsolving, speedcubing refers to a competition where an individual tries to unscramble a Rubik’s Cube puzzle as soon as possible. Competitors in speedcubing are called speedcubers or speedsolvers; most do it professionally nowadays.

5. The Current World Record for Solving the Rubik’s Cube is 3.13 Seconds

In 2021, Max Park set the fastest world record for solving the Rubik’s cube in just 3.13 seconds, a slight (but significant) improvement of Yusheng Du’s time of 3.47 seconds. This was a phenomenal feat for Max Park, who could hardly unscrew a water bottle cap during his preteen days.

6. Solving a Rubik’s Cube Revolves More around Rote Memorization than Problem Solving

3 x 3 rubiks cube

Contrary to popular belief, solving a Rubik’s Cube has nothing to do with one’s problem-solving skills; it mainly revolves around rote memorization. The more algorithms an individual knows, the faster they can solve a Rubik’s Cube combination.

7. A Chinese Man Used 840 Rubik’s Cube Combinations to Declare Love (She Still Said No)

In 2016, Tong Aonan became an internet sensation for declaring his affection to his crush by creating a portrait of his crush using 840 Rubik’s Cube combinations. The piece of art took him over two months to plan and measured 2.1 meters high and 1.4 meters wide. Unfortunately, when Aonan made his presentation, it was rejected.

8. There are Braille Rubik’s Cubes

Over time, Braille Rubik’s Cubes have been developed to allow visually impaired people to join in on the fun. Although these versions are usually marked with distinct and slightly elevated patterns in every block, they turn and twist like regular ones.

9. Will Smith Had to Learn How to Solve the Rubik’s Cube When Shooting “The Pursuit of Happyness”

In the famous film The Pursuit of Happyness, Will Smith had to learn how to solve the Rubik’s cube. Interestingly, he perfected the art to the point that he could solve the puzzle in under 60 seconds.

10. A Book on How to Solve The Rubik’s Cube Was Once a Best-Seller

After the invention of the Rubik’s Cube in 1974, the puzzles steadily grew and exceeded expectations. By the 1980s, everyone wanted a piece of it. The game was so popular that in 1981, a book on how to solve the Rubik’s Cube became a best-seller; it sold over 6 million copies.

11. Two Other People Also Invented a Version of the Rubik’s Cube

A year after Rubik had applied for a patent for the Rubik’s cube, a Japanese engineer also applied for a patent for a cube with the same characteristics. Around the same time, an American, Larry Nichols, submitted a patent for the Rubik’s cube, but his was held by magnets.

12. The Rubik’s Cube Was Invented to Teach about 3D

3x3 Rubik's cube

Before the Rubik’s Cube was a toy or a sports accessory, it was a teaching aid. The Hungarian architect Erno Rubik wanted to use Rubik’s Cube to teach about 3D geometry. However, after the Cubegained popularity, its dynamics shifted. Over time, The Rubik’s Cube has won Toy of the Year awards in various parts of the world.

13. Rubik’s Cube Owner was the First Self-Made Millionaire in Hungary

A few years after its launch, Erno became the first self-made millionaire in Hungary. His invention quickly gained popularity in North America and Europe, catapulting him to immense financial success.

14. The Most Expensive Rubik’s Cubes Go for More than $2.5 Million

The Masterpiece Cube is the most expensive Rubik’s cube ever made, costing around $2.5 million. Created by Diamond Cutters International, it features an 18-carat gold frame, among other fancy features. The owner, Fred Cuellar, was always fascinated by the Rubik’s cube, prompting him to build his version in honor of Erno Rubik. In 1995, Fred sold the Masterpiece for $1 million. Later, in 2009, he tracked the owner and repurchased it for over double the price.

15. Ruxin Liu Solved the Rubik’s Cube at Only 3 Years Old

In 2013, Ruxin Liu set a world record for being the youngest person to solve the Rubik’s Cube. At only 3 years old, Ruxin completed the puzzle in 1.39.33 at a Weifang Open event.

16. Some People Solve the Rubik’s Cube When Blindfolded

To add more spice to this puzzle game, some people play it when they are blindfolded. Usually, gamers are given a few seconds to memorize the scrambled cubes before they are blindfolded and asked to solve the puzzles. Charlie Eggins holds the record for solving the fastest blindfolded Rubik’s cube, doing so in only 12.10 seconds. He achieved this feat at the Australian Nationals in 2023.

 

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Last Update: February 22, 2024