The Rubik's Cube, The Mind-Boggling Toy Worth Millions

By Kellar Ellsworth
Erno Rubik and his famous cube. wired

Few inventions in the entirety of human history can match the simplicity and popularity of the Rubik’s Cube. Born from the mind of a Hungarian architect aptly named Ernő Rubik in 1974, the most universal puzzle toy ever started as a collection of colored wood and paper fastened by glue, paper clips, and rubber bands.

Rubik conceived of the idea while working as a descriptive geometry teacher. The lesser-known and arcane study uses two-dimensional images to serve as three-dimensional problems. Undoubtedly, Mr. Rubik became the only purveyor of this discipline to earn over $100 million. Here’s the story of the confounding Rubik’s Cube and its 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 different arrangements.