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Cube Facts

There’s more to the world’s most popular puzzle than you realise. Look at these incredible facts about The Rubik’s Cube…

Fascinating Facts

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The world’s largest Rubik’s Cube is three metres tall – the smallest is just 10mm wide. Both turn just like a regular cube.

World largest and world smallest Rubiks cubes
More than 43 quintillion ways to scramble The Rubiks Cube

There are more than 43 quintillion ways to scramble The Rubik’s Cube – that’s loads! In fact, there are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possibilities!

    
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If you had one cube for each scramble position and laid them all side-to-side, they would stretch 261 light years from Earth. Or you could use them to cover the Earth… in 273 layers!

261 light years from Earth
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1.4 trillion years to go through all the permutations

If you turn The Rubik's Cube once every second, it will take you 1.4 trillion years to go through all the permutations. (The universe is just 14 billion years old!)

    
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Sensational Solving

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Every legal permutation of The Rubik’s Cube can be solved in 20 moves or less.

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The first world championship was held in 1982

The first world championship was held in 1982 - with a winning solve time of 22.95 seconds.

    
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The current world record for solving The Rubik’s Cube is an amazing 4.59 seconds! (SeungBeom Cho, Korea). Speedcubing has gone from strength to strength!

Current world record
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A robot solved The Rubiks Cube

A robot solved The Rubik’s Cube in 0.637 seconds. Wow!

    
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Worldwide Impact

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Over 350 million Rubik’s Cubes have been sold worldwide. It’s the best-selling toy of all time.

350 million Rubiks Cubes sold worldwide
5 percent of people can solve the Rubiks Cube

It is estimated that less than 5.8% of the world’s population can solve The Rubik’s Cube.

    
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The most valuable cube ever made is the Masterpiece Cube, valued at $1.5m.

This 18-carat cube with lots of precious stones (including rubies and emeralds) was created in 1995 by Diamond Cutters International.

The most valuable cube ever
Budapest toy shop

The first Rubik’s Cube was sold in 1975 in a Budapest toy shop. At that time, it was called the Magic Cube. It was renamed The Rubik’s Cube is 1980.

    
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The Rubik’s Cube won Toy of the Year in 1980 and 1981.

Toy of the Year
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Speed Cube

The Best Speed Cube Yet?

Speedcubing needs quick fingers and an even faster brain. Plus, of course, the right tools.

Speedcubes are different to regular Rubik’s cubes. They look the same – but a speed cube is lighter and easier to turn, making it faster to use. If you want to solve the Rubik’s Cube in your fastest possible time, then a speed cube is for you. It’ll take you to the next level of speedcubing – and introduce you to a new dimension of fun!