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Rubik Cube

My memory told me that the Rubik Cube was created in the 1980s, well I am very wrong. As this frustrating colourful cube, that I never was able to complete was invented by a Hungarian in 1974.

It was first called Magic Cube, and went on sale in Budapest in 1977, so it just fits in to our toys of the 1970s, well at least if you lived in Hungary it does.

In 1979 it was made to go global, and with huge manufacturing output it was heavily talked about in 1979 as being the thing to look out for in 1980. In January and February 1980, this 1970s piece of technology and frustration hit the shops of the world, and that terrible clicking noise it made stayed with us for many years after.

Incidentally a Vietnamese student in 1982 completed the cube in 22 seconds, I repeat not 22 hours or 22 minutes, but in 22 seconds. Get a life.

70s Toys & Games

Remember the old retro toys you used to play with? Did you bounce about on spacehoppers, play pong or ride around on your cool Chopper? Can you recall the heroes Twirling Tim and Hurricane Hank, and who they used to do battle with in the arena? Did you used to come home from school with bruised knuckles from trying to beat 100 clacks on your Klackers? Or was you the studious type carefully making lovely patterns with your Spirograph which, no matter how careful you were, always seemed to cut through the paper turning your masterpiece into a mess.

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