I Love the 80s: Rubik's Cube
Author Fred Worth claimed the majority of the questions and answers came from his books on trivia. While Pursuit admitted they used his book as a source of info, they claimed it was improper use of copyright. Facts are not protected by copyright they argued, the court agreed. Worth also lost the appeal.
While Trivial Pursuit was cool to play with friends, you didn't need a pal to have fun with your Rubik's.Although invented in 1974 (the year I was born) in 1980 it was renamed by Ideal Toys this puzzle was renamed "Rubik's Cube" by Ideal Toys
in 1980. Wikipedia claims that it is
world's best-selling toy, with over 300,000,000 Rubik's Cubes and imitations sold worldwide.
Postman claimed the popularity of the game illustrated his thesis that information without context was proliferating thanks to an image, not text based, culture.
Rubik's became strangely competitive including people who could solve the puzzle blindfolded.
I was lucky if I could slowly solve this puzzle under the BEST of circumstances. Often I resorted to removing and replacing the stickers. (Hey I was in first grade.) Rubik's gradually lost its popularity despite offering new variations including a "snake" that could formed into several shapes including a globe, a globe, and planet Earth version.
Recently, Rubik's have become popular again. Director Michel Gondry even has a short video of himself solving a rubik's cube with his nose!
Bad Bunni posted at 7/26/2008 08:00:00 PM