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Monday, May 19, 2014

Rubik's Cube turns 40 - maybe in another 40 years, I'll solve it

Rubik's Cube turns 40 today, as you probably know from the can-you-solve-it Google Doogle. (The rest of the world didn't learn about the cube until 1980, but Rubik created it in 1974.)

In honor of the occasion, let me admit that I've never solved it.

I can get it about two-thirds done, which isn't saying much because each additional solved section is exponentially more difficult than the previous one. My powers fade at the point where you have to undo some of what you've done in order to do more; that's more information than I can keep in my head at any given time.

Of course I could learn the solution online but what fun would that be? Besides, I'm very poor at 3-D visualization, so even following directions would be tough.

How about you: Have you solved it?

I have a couple variations of Rubik's Cube for the fun of it, of which my favorite is a globe of the world. My son, who can solve the cube, notes that the globe is harder becaue the enter squares on each face much be properly oriented.