Rubik’s Cube

Google_-_2014-05-19_08.19.53 Google_-_2014-05-19_08.19.08As I’ve written before, I’d love to be the person in charge of the Google Doodle, the one who both has to think about what happened on each date (as in “celebrating time”) and how to represent it in an image.

Today, as you might have gathered, it’s the fortieth birthday of Rubik’s Cube. If you’d asked me, I’d have said I was still a child when I spent many frustrating hours with that thing, but, actually, not.

Today’s Doodle is interactive, and supposedly solvable – although, since that adult child never even once solved the original cube, I don’t think I’ll try this one.

But even Rubik, I was surprised to learn, couldn’t solve his own cube when he first created it. He knew it was possible, but it took him a whole month.

There’s a Cube renaissance these days – they’re called speed cubers and, for some reason, they’re mostly teen-aged boys. I saw one do it on an airplane once while we were at the gate waiting for the doors to open. He solved it so fast we were all left open-mouthed, staring at him, still waiting for the doors to open.

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