**FACT**: There are exactly **43,252,003,274,489,856,000** (43 Quintillion) possible combinations of colours one can make from a single Rubik’s Cube. If there was one Rubik’s Cube for every one of these combinations or *permutations* then we could form a uniform layer of Rubik’s Cube over the Earth that would be 275 cubes deep, that’s around 20 metres in height.

In April 2010 an International group of Scientists and Mathematicians found that it is possible to solve any Rubik’s Cube in 20 moves or less. That’s about **0.00000000000000216%** of all of the possible permutations.

On a final note if you ever look at a Rubik’s Cube in its packaging you may notice that they only say that there are ‘Billions of combinations’ not ‘Quintillions.’ The reason for this is because most people just simply don’t know about numbers that high, in fact the chances are you had never heard of a Quintillion before this. You’re welcome.

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wandering lass

February 8, 2011 at 17:00

That’s interesting! Thanks for the info.

Alexandre R.D.M. Coates

February 8, 2011 at 18:52

Always a pleasure.