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Rube's Cube

And you thought a Rubik's Cube was difficult...
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Erno Rubik's classic puzzle toy, as we all fondly remember, is a plastic cube composed of 3x3x3 multi-colored faces that can be shifted around a central pivot mechanism. A Rube's Cube, by contrast, is slightly more complex (and not safe for children). Rather than using your hands to directly manipulate the faces of the cube, you must experiment with the elaborately interconnected assortment of gears, balls, pulleys, canaries, boiling teapots, fans, dominoes, ropes, strings, railings, and paper airplanes that are all networked in tenuous and absurdly convoluted ways to the cube. While the world record for solving a Rubik's Cube is 7.08 seconds (held by the Dutchman, Erik Akkersdijk), a Rube's Cube has never been solved in less than a week (and even then, we're pretty sure the guy cheated by moving the stickers around).
swimswim, Jun 24 2009

Rube Goldberg http://en.wikipedia...be_Goldberg_machine
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Enro Rubik http://en.wikipedia...iki/Ern%C5%91_Rubik
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       A croissant for your canary.
English Bob, Jun 25 2009
  

       Shocked we never made this connection before...
RayfordSteele, Jun 25 2009
  
      
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