Prepare to spend countless hours on a new addictive online game — but this time it's brought to you by Google's doodle, not the AppStore. Monday's Rubik's Cube Google doodle celebrates the 40th anniversary of the toy with an interactive and sharable cube, and it's one of Google's most intriguing doodles to date. So, if you're one of the people who can complete the puzzle in two seconds, congrats! You might actually be productive today.
The Rubik's Cube was created, seemingly on accident, in the spring of 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and architect Erno Rubik. He spent weeks after creating it just trying to solve his own invention. Now, more than 400 million Rubik's Cubes have since been sold since.
“Like after a nice walk when you have seen many lovely sights you decide to go home, after a while I decided it was time to go home — let us put the [26 linked] cubes back in order,” Rubik, a 29-year-old at the time, once said. “And it was at that moment that I came face to face with the big challenge: What is the way home?”
When Rubik would demonstrate the cube at toy and trade shows, he would solve the puzzle in under a minute. But today, that seems rather slow with the world record set at 5.55 seconds. In fact, there's a whole sport revolved around completing the cube.
And it seems that Google would like for us to all stop what we're doing today and try to beat that record.
People everywhere are taking Google up on it's challenge — or at least trying to tie their own personal records.
Hey, who needs productivity anyway?
This doodle was also one of the most challenging ones for the Google Doodle team to design. Says doodle team lead Ryan Germick in a Wired article:
[A Rubik's Cube doodle] is something that had been suggested time and time again, but we just didn’t think the technology was quite ready for it on the web.
Wired also reports that the Google Doodle team almost didn't go with the interactive cube for Monday's anniversary. Photos on their website show other designs Google considered, including a stationary, completed cube and one where every letter in "Google" was made out of its own cube.
Thanks, Google, for at least making this Monday better than the rest — even if we all get headaches from it.