Rubik's Cube turns 40; Google celebrates with a doodle

May 19, 2014, 11:25 IST | A Correspondent

Mumbai: On the occassion of the 40th anniversary of the invention of the Rubik's Cube, search engine giant Google has allowed its users to play the virtual Rubik's cube through its doodle which is a part of its home page today.

Doodle of Google
Google home page paying tribute to the Rubik's Cube. Pic / Google

Invented in 1974, by Hungarian Architect and professor of Architecture, Erno Rubik, the cube achieved worldwide recognition and still remains popular among people of all ages. Initially named Magic Cube, it was licenced to Ideal Toy Corp in 1980.

Buyoyed by the success of the cube, Rubik also went on to invent a few more puzzle games. However, none could match the success achieved by the cube.

The impact of the invention is such that it has managed to sell over 350 million cubes across the world within this time. The human record of solving the Rubik's Cube in the fastest time belongs to Mats Valk of The Netherlands, who achieved this feat in 5.5 seconds.

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