Tag Archives: 1980’s

Can You Rubik?

RubiksCube2If you haven’t been on Google today, you may not yet know that Google Doodle is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube.

I remember using my own money to buy my first little cube in the 80’s. I was oh, so excited. I eventually managed to get two of its 6 sides solved. Woo-hoo!

Eventually the little colorful square stickers started to wear off and the little blocks wouldn’t stay together; I was then off to the next fad of the 80’s, such as twist beads. Remember those?

Here’s a little bit of Rubik’s Cube trivia that I picked up from various sites such as Rubiks.com and the Washington Post.com:

The colorful cube was created in 1974 by Hungarian professor, Erno Rubik.

I think I had one of these triangle cubes when I was a kid, too.
I think I had one of these triangle cubes when I was a kid, too.
The cube was 6-sided with 9 block stickers per side.

The challenge was to mix up the colors and return them so that all of the correct colors matched up.

In 1980, the Ideal Toy Corporation began licensing the cube as a toy, and the Rubik’s Cube popularity soared.

Rubiks.com gives a timeline of Rubik’s history on their site. They say that the first Rubik’s Cube World Championship was in Budapest, Hungary in 1982.

According to the Washington Post.com, Mr. Rubik was able to solve the puzzle in a minute.

If you think Professor Rubik’s solving time is fast, just imagine solving it in 8.18 seconds! This is how fast Feliks Zemdegs solved it at the 2013 championship in Los Angeles.

How fast can you solve the cube?

Did you have a Rubik's Cube?
Did you have a Rubik’s Cube?

Thanks to RetroBill on eBay today’s photos. You can find his eBay store at http://www.ebay.com/usr/retrobill69?_trksid=p2047675.l2559.

What does the Fox Say?

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Seeing Green

First of all, thank you to my seller friends at eBay for sharing their Green Stamps photos with me. I encourage my readers to go buy from these people if you are looking for vintage Green Stamps memorabilia. I am going to post their eBay sites at the bottom of today’s post. Also thanks to… Continue Reading

80’s Valley Girl of Alabama

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The Price of Eggs in 1981

In 1981, the cost of eggs was $.69 a dozen, a gallon of Clorox bleach was $.73, and the sale price of a 2 liter coke was $.98. On Friday nights, more than 55 million viewers were watching the cult phenomenon, “Dallas,” according to A.C. Nielson numbers. I learned all of this from an April… Continue Reading