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Rubik's Cube turns 40


Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Monday, May 19, 2014, 10:31 AM -

You've got to hand it to Google: They really know how to make a time sink out of a simple internet search. 

Case in point: Today's Google Doodle celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Rubik's Cube, with a virtual version you can solve online before starting your search.

Aside from being of the coolest doodles we've ever seen, it's also one of the most complex. Wired.com reports the Google Doodle team have been wanting to make a virtual Rubik's Cube for ages, but the programming technology wasn't available until just recently.


HONOURING CANADA: Our fair nation gets the occasional shout-out. Last time, they commemorated Canada's coldest day ever.


Erno Rubik is the genius behind the Rubik's Cube, inventing it in 1974, as tool to help demonstrate three-dimensional geometry. And don't think that, as an inventor, he had inside knowledge. It took Rubik himself a month to actually solve his creation.

Rubik's.com says it's the best-selling toy of all time, with 350 million of them worldwide.

Each can be solved in 20 moves or less, regardless of their initial configuration. Like everything else, you get better at it the more you do it, and the guys in this video from the 2013 speed-cubing world championship must have REALLY been practicing.

The player in the video from the Netherlands, Mats Zalk, holds the world record for solving the standard Rubik's Cube, for a time of 5:55. The other player, Feliks Zemdegs, has the fastest average time, at 6:54.

Zemdegs also holds the record for fastest one-handed solve of the cube, but the record-holder for fastest average one-handed solve-time is right here in Canada: Antoine Cantin.

The Ottawa-area teenager did it in just 12:56.

The World Cube Association has a huge number of potential challenges that it promotes at championships worldwide, incuding contests for solving it blind-folded, group-solving, 4X4 cubes, 5X5 cubes and more.

And another Canadian, Eric Limeback, holds a doozy of a record, with the most number of cubes solved over a 25-hour period.

The incredible final tally: 5,800, or one cube solved approximately every 15 seconds, a feat he accomplished in October 2013 at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont.

Just look at the guy go:

Incidentally, we're no slouches at the art of Rubik's Cube solving ourselves here at The Weather Network.

Here's writer Paulina Keber aligning it in 60 seconds:


HONOURING CANADA: Our fair nation gets the occasional shout-out. Last time, they commemorated Canada's coldest day ever.


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