Thursday, August 21, 2008

Today In - 'Useless Info'

The Rubik's Cube has 43 quintillion different possible configurations (or 3,252,003,274,489,856,000 to be precise)and only ONE solution.

The most expensive Rubik's Cube was the Masterpiece Cube,produced by Diamond Cutters International in 1995. The actual-size, fully functional cube features 22.5 karats of
amethyst, 34 karats of rubies, and 34 karats of emeralds,all set in 18-karat gold. It has been valued at over 1.5 million dollars.

The Rubik's Cube was invented in 1974 by Hungarian Professor Erno Rubik. Its worldwide launch took place in 1980.

If you made a single turn of one of the Cube's faces every second, it would take you 1,400 million million years to go through all the possible configurations. (In comparison,the universe itself is only 14 thousand million years old.)

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