Who Made That Rubik's Cube? By Tyler Barton

The simple answer is Erno Rubik, but there's much more to the story behind the Rubik's Cube than who made it.

Erno Rubik was a professor at the Academy of Applied Arts in Budapest when he was trying to find a way to demonstrate 3D movement to his students. He found himself looking into the River Danube, observing how the water flowed around the rocks and pebbles. "This became the inspiration for the cube’s twisting mechanism. The fact that it can do this without falling apart is part of its magic." (Professor Erno Rubik)

There are approximately 43 quintillion different ways to mix up a Rubik's Cube and with these ways, only about six percent of the world's population know how to solve these mind boggling puzzles.

After Erno took his toy to "the 1979 Nuremberg toy fair where it was seen by Tom Kremer, who was the key to getting global distribution" (Simpson) his Rubik's Cube became an immediate hit. It became the best selling toy ever, selling 350 million cubes across the world. This new and addicting puzzle soon inspired a host of other twisty puzzles, all with similar concepts but coming in many different sizes and shapes.

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