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Cube Facts

  1. There are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 (43 quintillion) ways to scramble a Rubik’s Cube
  2. If there was one cube scrambled for every permutation and they were laid end to end they would stretch approximately 261 LIGHT YEARS the extra permutations from assembling the cube in an unsolvable state - this number would be 12 times as big

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  3. ... or they could cover the earth in 273 LAYERS of Rubik’s Cubes

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  4. If you were to turn a Rubik’s Cube once every second, it would take you 1.4 TRILLION YEARS to go through all the permutations. If you took into consideration all the extra permutations from assembling the cube in an unsolvable state - this number would be 12 times as big.

The Rubik’s Cube was invented in 1974 by Erno Rubik; he wanted a working model to help explain three-dimensional geometry. It took him one month before he was able to solve the Cube for himself. Over 350 million Rubik’s Cubes have been sold worldwide – making it the bestselling toy of all time. The best speed cubers (people who take part in speed cubing – a sport where competitors try and solve the cube as quickly as possible) can solve the cube in under 6 seconds. Check out the section on speed cubing here. Every legal permutation of the Rubik’s Cube can be solved in 20 moves or fewer. The Rubik’s Cube was first called the Magic cube but was renamed in 1980 for its global release, to find out more about the History of the Cube click here.