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Back in the 80s, it seemed like everyone was trying to solve this thing. I always just moved the stickers around.
- Fact 1: First developed as a spatial-awareness teaching tool, the "Magic Cube" was invented by Hungarian architecture professor Erno Rubik in 1974. His name wasn't attached until 1980.
- Fact 2: Rubik's Cube sold out immediately after its introduciton to the United States market in 1980, leading to a glut of knockoffs and imitations.
- Fact 3: Owing to the chaos of international patent law in the 1980s, several holders of similar puzzles patented in other countries sued the successful Rubik, who spent four years fighting in court.
- Fact 4: The Cube sold more than thirty million units by 1984 and and even spawned books and a Saturday-morning animated series. It is still the world's top selling toy, having sold more than 350 million units by 2009.
- Fact 5: Cube-solving has become an international competitive sport, drawing thousands of challengers to solve the puzzle as quickly as possible. Australian solver Feliks Zemdegs holds the current record at 5.66 seconds.