This Tiny Toy Could Be the World's Smallest Rubik's Cube

Tony Fisher
Tony Fisher

In 2016, a British puzzle maker named Tony Fisher set a Guinness World Record for building the world’s largest Rubik's Cube. The massive toy stood more than 5 feet tall, and was equally wide and long. To outdo this accomplishment, Fisher's next challenge was to create the world’s smallest 3D combo puzzle, according to Laughing Squid.

Judging from the videos below, Fisher appears to have pulled off the feat: His itty-bitty Rubik’s Cube is only a little more than half a centimeter wide, and it's smaller than the current record holder. That said, the puzzle maker probably isn’t going to submit it for World Record consideration, he explains on his website, as he filed down a larger Rubik’s Cube to make the toy and the final result wasn’t 100 percent proportional:

In June 2016 I took one of Callum’s 3D printed unstickered 6mm Subatomic Rubik’s Cubes and filed it down to a size of 5.4mm. Although I had made it smaller, the proportional aspect (cubies with square sides) of it was lost. So whether it’s still a Rubik’s Cube seems uncertain. When stickered it has an edge of 5.6mm. The previous smallest is 5.7mm unstickered or 5.9mm stickered by Evgeny. It’s proportional and there’s no question about its status as a Rubik’s Cube. The current official smallest is 10mm also by Evgeny which Guinness needs to update.

I am not sure if I will submit this as a world record attempt. Not only is it disproportional but a huge amount of credit must go to Callum plus the 3D printing machine at shapeways that physically made the parts prior to me modifying them.

Watch Fisher play with his tiny Rubik’s Cube below.

[h/t Laughing Squid]

Friday’s Best Amazon Deals Include Digital Projectors, Ugly Christmas Sweaters, and Speakers

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Amazon
As a recurring feature, our team combs the web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, December 4. Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers, including Amazon, and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we only get commission on items you buy and don’t return, so we’re only happy if you’re happy. Good luck deal hunting!

The Meanings Behind 25 Common Acronyms and Initialisms

Remember POGs?
Remember POGs?
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Before POGs became collectible items printed with our favorite ’90s pop culture characters, they were just simple discs found inside bottle caps. In fact, that’s how they got their name—POG is an acronym for Passion Fruit, Orange, Guava, the name of a Maui-based beverage whose lids gave rise to the game.

On this episode of The List Show, Mental Floss host Justin Dodd is sharing the origin stories behind 25 popular acronyms and initialisms, many of which you may not have realized actually stood for anything at all. Geico, for example, isn’t a word that insurance providers made up to match their spokes-gecko; it’s an acronym for Government Employees Insurance Co., made up to match the company’s original target demographic (government employees). And since LED stands for light-emitting diode, the phrase LED light is rather redundant.

Press play below to uncover the secrets behind other popular abbreviations, from Alien Life Form (ALF) to Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle (Yahoo!).

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