Google marks 40 years of the Rubik’s Cube with puzzling ‘Doodle’

Web giant replaces logo with interactive cube to mark 40th anniversary of famous 3D game

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A simple Google search may take a little longer today – hours, perhaps – after the search giant replaced its logo with one of the most infuriating puzzles in history.

The Rubik’s Cube, the iconic 3D game invented by Hungarian professor Ernő Rubik, turns 40 this year – and seems to have lost none of its relevance in the digital age.

Google today marks the anniversary by replacing its logo with an animated version of the cube. Users can rotate and twist the cube just as they would in real life.

The Rubik’s cube is widely considered to be the world’s best-selling puzzle, and was named ‘toy of the year’ in Britain in 1980.

Completing the infuriating puzzle has turned highly competitive, with so-called ‘speed cubers’ looking to solve it in the fastest time.

Google often launches artistic makeovers of its logo to celebrate famous people, historical events or notable dates.

Last month the logo was transformed to mark the 888th birthday of Muslim philosopher Averroes, who was also known as Ibn Rushd.

Google Doodles have centered on topics as diverse as Saudi Arabia’s National Day, late Algerian singer Warda Al Jazairia, and what was interpreted as a criticism of a Russian law restricting gay-rights activities.

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