puzzles history

  1. ERNO RUBIK AND HIS MAGIC CUBE

    ERNO RUBIK AND HIS MAGIC CUBE

    You got it right ... today we talk about the Rubik's cube, originally known as the magic cube.

    The puzzle was patented by Erno Rubik, a Hungarian designer and architect with a passion for enigma. The first curious fact, however, is that the inventor himself took more than a month to find the solution for its creation. Just think that when the cube was born, Erno didn't even know if there would ever be a solution!

    There are several ways, however, to approach the solution of the puzzle. The most intuitive is the layered method: 7 steps to perform and a few algorithms to memorize. The method most used by professional speedcubers, on the other hand, is the Fridrich method, which allows you to solve the cube much faster, grouping second-third, fourth-fifth, sixth-seventh steps of the layered method in single steps.

    The Rubik's Cube began to be marketed by Idela Toy Corp in 1980, winning the award for the best game and brain teaser of the year.
    And if initially it was appreciated above all in the circles of passionate no brainers, during the Eighties it became a real must-have.
    Over the years, 350 million have been sold!

    The first organized tournament was held in Monaco in 1981 by the Guinness Record Organization.
    It was an Australian player who took the victory, with a solution time of around 38 seconds ... 38 seconds ... SECONDS! Crazy times!

    The cube is now a real vintage icon that never loses its charm, it is a continuous challenge in search of new records.
    So continuous and global that a Braille version was also made.

    The passion for this mind puzzle with a thousand faces can take even more unpleasant turns. In fact, it was necessary to create an organization called Anonymous Alcoholics, to help people suffering from Rubik's cube addiction.
    Rubik can be harmful to health if not played in moderation!

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  2. HOW WERE THE SAFES BORN?

    HOW WERE THE SAFES BORN?

    We don't know the exact moment. The first safe of which we have historical information, however, dates back to Ancient Egypt, precisely to the 13th century BC. And guess what, it was made from wood. Surely arriving at the exact burial place of the Pharaoh was not an easy thing. Pitfalls and traps to overcome without losing body parts or staying dry. For Ramesses II, all this was not enough. He encased his most precious treasures in a wooden safe with a lock similar to that of pin locks. A very ambitious mechanism for three thousand years ago! A further step was taken by the merchants of Ancient Rome, who invented a locking system with fixed flaps to prevent the goods from being stolen. Over time they also began to use flaps of different sizes, so that each safe needed a different key to open. During the Renaissance, a period in which sculpture and architecture flourished like never before, safes became not only more elaborate and safer, but also beautiful to look at. In the eighteenth century, however, human invention exceeded its limits: alarm bells that warned of the opening of a safe or locks encrypted with numbers and letters. William Marr, Cyrus Price, Thomas Milner or Charles Chubb. These names may not sound to you. Yet they are the engineers who laid the roots for the birth of the British Safe Industry, renowned in the world of safes and security. During the mid-19th century, they developed businesses to provide people with what they needed most: security. The UK was able to advance in safe innovation over other countries due to its industrial superiority. They managed to meet the huge demand in the field. More and more sophisticated thieves require equally sophisticated mechanisms! Take a look at our MAKE-UP SAFES from the Leonardo collection or test yourself with the SAFE from the Luxury Collection!

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  3. AN ANCIENT PUZZLE INSPIRED BY THE SOLAR SYSTEM

    AN ANCIENT PUZZLE INSPIRED BY THE SOLAR SYSTEM

    There is a massive text that we will often talk to you about from now on.
    It is perhaps the largest written collection ever made in the history of brainteasers and puzzles.

    In Puzzles Old and New, in fact, Professor Hoffman, already author of texts on magic tricks and card games, set himself the goal of creating a real illustrated story of all the puzzles to be found, from the past to his present.
    After all, we know, starting from the ancient Enigma of the Sphinx, traps and riddles have always fascinated young and old.

    Today we want to start from one of the first puzzles present in the pages of the famous text.
    It is a thin wooden tray, closed above by a glass plate.
    It is called the Planet Puzzle and, in fact, inside it you can see as many small marbles as the planets of the Solar System back then known.

    The goal of the puzzle was to get each ball into the hole corresponding to its position with respect to the Sun.
    As many holes as there were marbles.

    Solving this brainteaser, therefore, did not only mean playing with manual skills, but also having some notions of astronomy in mind.
    Otherwise ... you had to start studying!

    The game turned out to be intelligent in the truest sense of the word. Stimulating and educational.

    To us, the Puzzle of the Planets immediately reminded us of the beautiful ASTROLABIUM.
    Those who buy it test themselves with not one, but two different challenges: the first extreme, the second incredibly difficult.

    Find out on our website!

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