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Rubik’s Cube

Ahh, Remember the days when there would be a craze about something that wasn’t electronic? The Rubik’s Cube, an iconic symbol of the ’80s turns 40 today. The Rubik’s Cube had six sides, with each side covered with nine stickers. The colors were white, red, blue, orange, green, and yellow. You would twist and turn all the rows until the colors were scattered all over the place. In order to solve the puzzle, you had to get each side all the same color.
Without cheating, I could usually get 2 sides. But, that was about it. I think I got 3 sides once by accident. But the easiest way to get all the colors to match would be to peel the stickers off, then stick them back on where you wanted them to be.
However, you could tell that the person cheated because you could see the stickers bent up a little. Here is how I could solve the puzzle:

Yes, you could pull the blocks apart, and then piece them back together. The downside to that was that the blocks would be a little loose after you did that, and they would wiggle a little. But, you could show your friends that you solved the puzzle, and not let them touch it.

In 1982, there was a World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee. There were pavilions that represented each country (similar to the World Showcase at Disney’s Epcot). The inventor of the Rubik’s cube was Erno Rubik, who was from Hungary. Outside the Hungarian pavilion was this giant Rubik’s Cube that turned by itself:

The craze was huge in the early to mid 80’s. Everybody had one. If they didn’t have the actual cube, they had the keychain version. And there are also many kinds of competions on who can slove it the fastest. Here are some other different competitions:
– Blindfolded solving
– Solving the Cube with one person blindfolded and the other person saying what moves to do, known as “Team Blindfold”
– Solving the Cube underwater in a single breath
– Solving the Cube using a single hand
– Solving the Cube with one’s feet

There was also the spinoff Rubik’s Snake:

If you get a Rubik’s Cube nowadays, there probably wouldn’t be a challenge in solving it. All you would need to do is look online, and get the steps there. I guess that beats peeling the stickers off.

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Daily Trivia: 12/20/12

Question: In Christmas Vacation, how many imported Italian twinkle lights does Clark use on the house?

A. 25,000
B. 6
C. 500,000
D. 2,500


Last Question: Can you name all the colors on a traditional Rubik’s Cube?

Answer: Red, White, Blue, Orange, Yellow, and Green

Great job Wilhelmina (@WillieSun)!!

Yesterday at work, we had our Christmas party. We had a Yankee Swap at the party, with a $15 limit. The gift I bought for the swap…You guessed it! A Rubik’s Cube!! Everybody has different rules. In this case the way the swap worked was after a person opened a gift, then the next person would grab another gift, and before they open it, decide whether they wanted to steal somebody else’s gift, or keep the one they have, then open it.

My supervisor got a Blu-Ray of The Muppet Christmas Carol. A few people later, somebody stole the movie, and gave him another gift, which was the Rubik’s Cube. He said that part of the interview process was going to include having a prospective employee try to solve the Cube. A few people later, somebody stole the Rubik’s Cube from him! I was so happy that there was interest in the Rubik’s Cube.

I actually had a really good number, and was next to last. As tempted as I was to take the Rubik’s Cube, I decided to keep the gift I picked, which looked like a gift card. It ended up being a $15 iTunes gift card. Score!! I’ll make sure I’ll use it towards ’80s related music!

Have any of you recently given or received a cool ’80s gift from somebody at work?

Here are some old Rubik’s Cube commercials that will bring back memories:

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Daily Trivia: 12/19/12

Question: Can you name all the colors on a traditional Rubik’s Cube?


Last Question: In Raging Bull, who played Jake La Motta’s brother and manager?

Answer: Joe Pesci

Great job RSAlien GTC™ (@rsalien)!!

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19 Somethin’ – Rubik’s Cube

The 19 Somethin’ series continues. If you missed the previous articles, you can get caught up here.

Here is the next line in the song:

I took the stickers off my Rubik’s cube

Ahh, Remember the days when there would be a craze about something that wasn’t electronic? The Rubik’s Cube is an iconic symbol of the ’80s. The Rubik’s Cube had six sides, with each side covered with nine stickers. The colors were white, red, blue, orange, green, and yellow. You would twist and turn all the rows until the colors were scattered all over the place. In order to solve the puzzle, you had to get each side all the same color.
Without cheating, I could usually get 2 sides. But, that was about it. I think I got 3 sides once by accident. But the easiest way to get all the colors to match would be to peel the stickers off, then stick them back on where you wanted them to be.
However, you could tell that the person cheated because you could see the stickers bent up a little. Here is how I could solve the puzzle:

Yes, you could pull the blocks apart, and then piece them back together. The downside to that was that the blocks would be a little loose after you did that, and they would wiggle a little. But, you could show your friends that you solved the puzzle, and not let them touch it.

In 1982, there was a World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee. There were pavilions that represented each country (similar to the World Showcase at Disney’s Epcot). The inventor of the Rubik’s cube was Erno Rubik, who was from Hungary. Outside the Hungarian pavilion was this giant Rubik’s Cube that turned by itself:

The craze was huge in the early to mid 80’s. Everybody had one. If they didn’t have the actual cube, they had the keychain version. And there are also many kinds of competions on who can slove it the fastest. Here are some other different competitions:
– Blindfolded solving
– Solving the Cube with one person blindfolded and the other person saying what moves to do, known as “Team Blindfold”
– Solving the Cube underwater in a single breath
– Solving the Cube using a single hand
– Solving the Cube with one’s feet

There was also the spinoff Rubik’s Snake:

If you get a Rubik’s Cube nowadays, there probably wouldn’t be a challenge in solving it. All you would need to do is look online, and get the steps there. I guess that beats peeling the stickers off.

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