## Permutate This: World's First 17x17x17 Rubik’s Cube

First came the Rubik's cube, a simple 3x3 puzzle. Then came Rubik's Revenge, a 4x4 monstrosity. Eventually, the real whizzes attempted to conquer the V-Cube 6 and the V-Cube 7.

Today's day and age introduces something on a whole different level. Puzzle designer Oskar van Deventer has created the 17x17x17 Rubik's cube.

Using 3-D printing technology, van Deventer's "Over the Top" cube took 60 hours and three attempts to make. You can buy your own for a cool $2,000.

What I can't get over is how many different possibilities there are. The original Rubik's cube has 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 (about 43 quintillion) permutations, and that's just with a 3x3x3 cube. Imagine increasing that to 17x17x17? I was going to try to do the math, but I gave up.

## 8 Comments

If i had that, my roommate would waltz into my room and start messing it up. Then I'd be screwed.

I wouldn't worry about, you can always get them back!

WHOA, I got a -1 for that? Who did I offend today? People are getting a little over sensitive.

I'd like to see someone write up a how-to article on solving this beast. It would probably take longer to explain than to solve.

what do you get after finishing it? orgasm excitement wow!! and please, flagg me how much ya want to I don't care.

0_o dang

What's really amazing is someone paying $2000 for an oversized Rubix cube

Well, I suppose if some Rubik's Cube genius solved all of the cube sizes up to this point, the next logical step for the puzzle fiend is selling his '92 Honda Accord and snagging one of these. It would be a while before he would need to drive again anyway... seeming as he'd be holed up in his basement trying to break the speed solving record for his new 17er, while videotaping proof for YouTube.

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