Today’s Google Doodle Is A Virtual Rubik’s Cube

With apologies in advance for the amount of time you (we) will waste today on Google’s homepage, the current Google Doodle is a virtual Rubik’s Cube. As in, you can actually click the image and then try (and fail) to solve it.

The occasion is the fact that today is the 40th anniversary of the enigmatic cube, which has now confounded kids and adults alike for four decades. There’s also a group of people called speedcubers who try and set world records for solving a Rubik’s Cube, a dedicated World Cube Association, and even published methods for solving a cube.

rubik's cube

Google also has a cube-related pet project called Chrome Cube Lab that uses various web technologies to create engaging and interesting Rubik’s-like designs. Erno Rubik, the cube’s inventor, is on record as being a fan.

My personal method for solving a Rubik’s Cube was to try for 10 futile minutes and then chuck the thing at a wall and go play video games or something.