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Sunday, 11 May 2014

Cube In A Jar

I remember that a while back I was browsing through pictures of impossible objects on the web, and I came across a Rubik's Cube in a jar. Now at the time I thought two things; 1) Wow that's pretty awesome! 2) I bet I could do that pretty easily. It turns out that both of those statements were true, it just took me quite a long time to get around to it.


The reason that it took me so long to get around to making one wasn't because of the effort involved in physically making it, it was all down to finding the right jar. I kept looking around for square jars just the right size for a cube (without too much wiggle room), but for some reason they always eluded me. This is when I turned to my old friend: eBay.

I found a square jar on eBay, checked the size was okay and placed the order, within two days it had arrived. Immediately I knew something looked wrong. It turns out (being the genius that I am) I didn't realise that most (sane) people when looking at jars aren't looking for measurements of the inner dimensions. The jar turned out to be way too small for a standard size Rubik's brand 3x3 cube.

While being a bit annoyed at myself I decided that I didn't want to waste a perfectly good jar, so I began to dig through my boxes of puzzles, and I found a cheap knock-off cube with what I can only describe as the most perfect dimensions to fit into the little jar. Lucky or what? And 30 minutes or so later I had a fully functional puzzle well and truly stuck in a glass jar.

The process is actually not very difficult, but like with many impossible objects it does require a decent bit of patience to achieve.

A great bit of fun that I'd recommend anyone with too much spare time (and a jar) on their hands to try for themselves.

7 comments:

  1. I'm glad you put a solved cube in a jar. An unsolved one would just have been impossible to look at ;)

    nice job

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    1. Thanks! You know, I did consider putting a scrambled cube in the jar, but I assumed it would irritate a cuber so much they may actually break the glass just to get at the cube and solve it.

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  2. Very nice, Oil. Should make some for sale.

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    1. I actually did consider it. But to make it possible I'd have to have a small supply of correctly sized jars and cubes, and I only came across my ones by accident. I will definitely look into it a bit more though.

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  3. The next challenge is to scramble and solve it in the jar!

    Kevin
    Puzzlemad

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    1. I'll bring it to the next MPP for you! No excessive force allowed obviously. ;)

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  4. Ahaha. That is hilarious. Certainly would get too inpatient making it.

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