The Rubik’s Cube, first invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik, became an almost instant sensation. Besides being present in pretty much every kid or teenager’s room up until today, the invention has generated as many pop culture references as we could take. But here it is, coming back in trend, at least for a while, as British game maker builds record breaking Rubik’s Cube.
British game designer Tony Fisher has always has always had a fascination with Rubik’s Cubes. Out of this passion of his came his actual job, making him one of the few lucky people to actually set out to accomplish their childhood dreams.
So began his adventure, as he set out to create as many games as possible, most of them inspired by his one true passion – the Rubik’s cube. He refers to his products as custom rotational puzzles, and they take a very wide variety of shapes and sizes, all pretty much following the Rubik’s Cube’s basic principle.
However, he still had one dream that needed fulfilling – to appear in the Guinness Book of World Records for something related to his passion. So, of course, he set out to build the world’s biggest functioning Rubik’s Cube. It was initially meant to be bigger than it came out, but strength, mobility, and size issues gave it a size limit.
The Rubik’s Cube
Weighing in at over 220 pounds, the cube measures about 5 feet on each side. This makes it pretty much impossible to get in the house, with the creator choosing to keep it in the garage. In order to take it out, he needs at least a leverage system, if not help from a friend.
But, as advertised, the cube is fully functional, despite the fact that it has you exercise enough for a full scale work-out in order to complete it. Its volume is about 20,000 bigger than that of a regular Rubik’s Cube, and you actually have to walk around it in order to solve it.
Another limitation for which the cube isn’t any bigger is the fact that Tony used the biggest stickers on the market for the cube’s faces – 17.7 inch rolls, and he thought he should stop there if he wants the cube to be usable by a single person, as intended.
As Tony only uploaded the video a couple of days ago, the Guinness commission hasn’t yet had time to approve his request of examination, but they will most likely soon declare him a Guinness World Record holder.
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