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]

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

Funko
Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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100 Fascinating Facts About Earth

The best Spaceball.
The best Spaceball.
NASA

Did you know that there’s a place in the South Pacific Ocean called Point Nemo that’s farther from land than any other point on Earth? So far, in fact, that the closest humans are usually astronauts aboard the International Space Station. (And by the way: The map you’re about to look for Point Nemo on might not be entirely accurate; a certain amount of distortion occurs when trying to depict a 3D planet on a 2D surface.)

In this all-new episode of The List Show, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy is journeying to the center of the Earth, and visiting its oceans, its atmosphere, and even space, in search of 100 facts about our endlessly fascinating planet.

The subjects that fall under the umbrella of “facts about Earth” are nearly as expansive as Earth itself. Geology, biology, astronomy, and cartography, are all fair game—and those are just a few of the many -ologies, -onomies, and -ographies you’ll learn about below. 

Press play to find out more Earth-shattering facts, and subscribe to the Mental Floss YouTube channel for more fact-filled videos here.