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The Unlikely Endurance Of The Rubik's Cube

By Hope Reese/Undark

In the spring of 1974, a young Hungarian architect named Ernő Rubik became obsessed with finding a way to model three-dimensional movement to his students. After spending months tinkering with blocks of cubes - made from wood and paper, held by rubber bands, glue, and paper clips - he finally created something he called the "Bűvös kocka," or Magic Cube.

The invention, eventually renamed the Rubik's Cube, would become the most popular puzzle toy in the world, with more than 350 million sold as of 2018. The cube also inspired numerous artworks and films, and spawned a competitive sport called speedcubing that fills arenas with teenagers racing to complete the puzzle in the shortest amount of time.

But at the start, no one was more stunned about the runaway success of the cube than its creator, as he explains in his new book, Cubed: The Puzzle of Us All.

The impact of the cube has been "much more interesting than the cube itself," Rubik said in an interview with Undark. The book, he said, is about trying to understand its popularity and "why people love it."

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Posted on September 29, 2020
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A People's History Of Thanksgiving

Where Is The Gold?
With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.
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Posted on November 28, 2013
Chicago Blog Review

Chicago Blog Review: Fruit Slinger

A welcome blast of summer-friendly food porn on a daily basis.
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Posted on August 6, 2009

The Astonishing World Of The Penis

Define It And Name It!
"A wry look at what the astonishing world of animal penises can tell us about how we use our own."

Posted on September 28, 2020

The Unlikely Endurance Of The Rubik's Cube

By Hope Reese/Undark
The impact of the cube has been "much more interesting than the cube itself," Rubik said in an interview. His new book, he said, is about trying to understand its popularity and "why people love it."

Posted on September 29, 2020

Welcome To The Ice Life

By Montell "Ice" Griffin
A Chicagoan's journey filled with plot twists, wrong turns, and pivots on the way to becoming an Olympian and World Champion.

Posted on September 26, 2020

Searching For The World's Largest Owl

By Rachel Love Nuwer/Undark
They turn out to be just as otherworldly as the harsh landscape itself - "defiant, floppy goblin(s)," and "like one of Jim Henson's darker creations."

Posted on September 9, 2020

The White Supremacist Origins Of Modern Marriage Advice

By Jane Ward/The Conversation
Almost all of the original self-help books for couples were written by proponents of the eugenics movement, an ostensibly scientific project that aimed to encourage reproduction among the white middle-class, while discouraging or preventing population growth among people of color and the poor.

Posted on September 5, 2020

America's Racist Presidents

By Stephen A. Jones and Eric Freedman/The Conversation
A dreadful history rarely taught.

Posted on September 1, 2020

Where Have I Heard These Trump Lines Before?

By Jill Richardson/OtherWords
From the KKK, that's where.

Posted on August 27, 2020

Boomers Are The Real Reason Millennials Won't Be Buying Homes Anytime Soon

By Jill Filipovic via New America
An African-American member of the Silent Generation, born between the late 1920s and early 1940s, and living, as an adult, in an era in which Jim Crow laws were still enforced, was more likely to own a home than a Black Millennial is now.

Posted on August 24, 2020

Chicago's Quirky Patron Saint

By SIU Press
The thrilling story of a daughter of America's foremost industrialist, John D. Rockefeller, is complete with sex, money, mental illness, and opera divas - and a woman who strove for the independence to make her own choices.

Posted on August 19, 2020

MUSIC - Muddy Waters Museum Has Mojo.
TV - WGN Now Trump TV.
POLITICS - Trustbust Entertainment.
SPORTS - Tweeting Foles.

BOOKS - The Endurance Of The Rubik's Cube.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Charles E. Cheese Boo-tacular.


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