It's rare that a toy comes along that sets of a national frenzy. But in the early 1980s, one toy got us all.
The Rubik's Cube was actually invented in the mid-70s but it took a while to flood the market. The original name was the Magic Cube. It was renamed for its founder, Erno Rubik, who was a Hungarian architect and professor of architecture.
The Rubik's Cube may be the top-selling toy of all time, but it wasn't the staple of the 80s that pop culture would want you to believe. Like everything else, it was here and then gone again in a brief period of time.
Most of us had a hard time figuring it out. In fact, Rubik himself had a rough time solving the cube. He created a block, made a few turns, then realized he had a mix of colors but no idea to get them back to their original solid state.
For the brief couple of months we were all into the Rubik's Cube trend, we figured a few things out. One, you could remove all the stickers and put them on different cubes to "solve" the puzzle. Or you could get a screwdriver and disassemble the thing, then put it back together again.
You can still buy Rubik's Cubes today. We have one. My husband got it as a promotional item at a conference. But somehow it isn't as fun if you're the only one who has one.
What's the most difficult puzzle you've ever solved?