Rubik's Sphere Sure to Give Me a Headache

I'm not that smart.  Many of you readers who so boldly name yourselves "Anonymous" know this.

The original Rubik's Cube was a thorn in my side for quite some time.  I did solve it (without the use of a book or a hammer), but it was something of a bane in my existence.

There it would sit, hour after hour, day after day, on my bookshelf, it's stupid little colored cubes mocking me with what I just knew was the glee of the kid who has pulled a trick on ya, but you can't figure out what it is...

And just when I'm finally over it, finally comfortable with my place in the world of 3-D puzzles, they have to come out with this:

My new hell.My new hell.

Yep.  That's the new Rubik's Cube... or I should say, The Rubik's 360.

I can't think of a way to make a puzzle more impossible than by taking all of the edges away.  This sucker is built up of a large plastic sphere which houses two more plastic spheres.  Each of these are suspended on independent rotating axis (sort of like the insides of a gyroscope).

Get me some Tylenol.Get me some Tylenol.

In order to solve the puzzle, you have to steer six different colored balls through a variety of holes until they reach their respective "home slots" located on the outside of the outer sphere.

This reminds me a bit of those annoying little games where you have multiple ball bearings that you have to guide by tipping the puzzle around in your hand.  I always want to go on a killing spree after messing around with one of those.

And this is in three dimensions!  Gahhhhhh!!!!  I can feel the migraine coming...

But, I have to admit that it does sound quite challenging.  And it looks neat; sort'a like a futuristic power supply in Star Trek.

Order your own Rubik's 360 at Rubik's!  And head down to your local pharmacy for some aspirin...  I know I will.

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Comments
Aug 5, 2009
by John P. Barker
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Um...

Get your lame shoe ad out of my article.  DO NOT BUY FROM THE POST ABOVE MINE.