I have very fond memories of Rubik’s Cube, many a days spent trying to solve the seemingly impossible puzzle eventually failing to fool my mother by peeling off stickers and replacing them badly! With over 43 quintillion possible combinations but only one solution. It’s kept kids and adults alike fascinated for generations, and this year sees the iconic Rubik’s Cube celebrating its 40th Anniversary which makes me feel incredibly old!
First invented by Ernö Rubik in 1974 in Hungary, the world’s obsession with the Rubik’s Cube became apparent during the 1980s making the puzzle synonymous with the ‘retro’ era and becoming a symbol for this time period.
It’s unique twisting and turning action has captured the imaginations of many since those early days and with its brightly coloured tiles crossing language and cultural barriers, an estimated 350 million Rubik’s Cubes have been sold worldwide. The world’s obsession with solving the Rubik’s Cube has also led to ‘Speedcubing’ competitions taking place all over the globe where Cubers compete against each other to be the quickest at solving the Cube. The current world record for a single solve is held by Mats Valk from the Netherlands, whose record is an impressive 5.55 seconds. The current UK record isn’t far behind with 15 year old Alexander Lau completing the Cube in 5.96 seconds.
This November sees the Rubik’s UK Open returning to Leicester for the third time, attracting over 100 competitors from 13 countries. The event takes place on 1st – 2nd November 2014 at The O2 Academy, Leicester, and current UK Champion Thom Barlow will be defending his cubing title. The 2013 Rubik’s Cube Champion from Manchester last year completed the iconic 3×3 cube in a mind blowing 10.64 seconds average. Thom has a battle on his hands though, as current UK record holder and new European Champion, 16 year old Alexander Lau will be competing and ready to take on the challenge, as well as previous champ Breandan Vallance. There is more information on the Rubik’s UK Open at www.worldcubeassociation.org
To celebrate it’s 40th year Rubik’s are giving Me and My Kiddywinks readers the chance to win one of three Rubik’s Speed Cube Pro Pack (RRP £16.99 each), to enter please do so via Rafflecopter below. Good luck!