The cube has been responsible for "Cubaholics", two medical conditions called Rubik's Wrist and Cubist's Thumbs, an official organization called "Speedcubing" and it's even been blamed for a 1981 divorce. Read about these and other fascinating cube facts here.
Let's start with Rubik's Snake. Let's also just lay it out on the table here that I'm still a bit of a nerd with these things... I can still solve the snake - even with my eyes closed. I said "a bit of a nerd"... I'd be a full-fledged geek if I actually caught myself on video solving this thing and posted it here on the blog. Ok... I did consider it.
The object, of course, is to take the snake - stretched out straight - and turn it into a ball (mine is pictured above, proving that I can still solve it, for you skeptics out there). I'm not really sure of the secret... seems to be just a serious of twisting moves that are repeated several times. I solve mine more by instinct than anything else.
43,252,003,274,489,856,000 different possible combinations. What a great toy!
This was THE booklet to get if you wanted to learn how to solve Rubik's Cube. I scanned these images from Andrea Winston's original booklet. I asked her if I could keep it. She said "no" because she just bought a new cube and was going to try to learn how to solve it. Please don't tell her I said that. :)