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Smallest Rubik’s Cube Ever Goes on Sale in Japan


FILE - Erno Rubik, the inventor of the Rubik's Cube, poses with cubes at Liberty Science Center, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in Jersey City, N.J. An extremely small Rubik’s Cube has gone on sale in Japan for 198,000 yen, or about $1,900. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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An extremely small Rubik’s Cube has gone on sale in Japan for 198,000 yen, or about $1,900.

Advertised as a “super-small” Rubik’s Cube, it was created to mark the 40th anniversary of the box-shaped puzzle in Japan.

The cube measures just 9.9 millimeters by 9.9 millimeters, and weighs 2 grams.

The puzzle is made of metal and comes with a box for its display, says MegaHouse Corporation, a business of Japan’s Bandai Company.

The Rubik’s Cube is very small but playable. People can buy it now and expect shipment beginning in December.

Erno Rubik of Hungary invented the Rubik’s Cube in the 1970s. At the time, he was an architecture professor. An American company, Ideal Toys, turned the puzzle into a hit product in the 1980s. It was an immediate hit in Japan, where more than 4 million were sold in the first eight months after it went on sale in July 1980. By 1982, more than 100 million Rubik’s Cubes were sold worldwide.

The new tiny cube was shown this week at an exhibit in Tokyo organized by the Hungarian Embassy. The exhibit also includes an artwork made with Rubik’s Cubes. The show ends on November 9.

Norbert Palanovics, the Hungarian Ambassador to Japan, said he tells anyone who will listen about the Rubik’s Cube. He said it represents the small, simple but intelligent qualities of the country that he is so proud of.

“The Rubik’s Cube is part of our everyday life, here in Japan, too, and inspires everyone,” he said.

I’m Caty Weaver.

The Associated Press reported this story. Caty Weaver adapted it for VOA Learning English. George Grow was the editor.

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Words in This Story

puzzle n. a question or problem that requires thought, skill, or cleverness to be answered or solved​

display n. an arrangement of objects intended to decorate, advertise, entertain, or inform people about something​

architecture n. the art or science of designing and creating buildings​

inspire v. to make (someone) want to do something : to give (someone) an idea about what to do or create​

proud adj. very happy and pleased because of something you have done, something you own, someone you know or are related to, etc.​

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