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No matter how scrambled your Rubik's Cube is, it can be solved in 20 moves or less!

The 80s were a time of testing our mental capacity, pushing the way we think and solve problems to the creative limits. Alright, so that may be a little dramatic in the age of hair bands and Pac-Man, but there was the infamous Rubik's Cube that boggled the mind—at least until those geniuses mastered it.

It has been proven that any Rubik's Cube can be solved in twenty moves or less, no matter how many times you twist and turn it. This is known as "God's Number," which is essentially how long it would take to get the shortest sequence of moves in the least efficient manner. It's the best-case scenario for solving the cube!

Thanks to Google, who donated 35 CPU-years of idle computer time, researched were able to solve each and every possible outcome of the Rubik's Cube, which was about 43,252,003,274,489,956,000 different positions. They considered a move to be one twist of a side, also known as the half-turn metric.

Once researchers partitioned positions down and were able to reduce the count of sets needed to solve using symmetry, they wrote a computer program that solved a single set in 20 seconds. Then it was a matter of waiting as it went through each of the 55,882,296 sets. Some scientists seem to have a lot of time on their hands!


The three dots in the Dominos Pizza logo represent the three original stores!

Dominos is one of the most popular pizza chains around, but it seems the founders never imagined it would have started out that way. In 1960, brothers Tom and James Monaghan purchased a small pizza shop in Michigan for $975. James traded his half of the business for a used Volkswagen Beetle!

It seemed that Tom was still determined to make the company a success. He opened the Dominos Pizza franchise in 1965. He planned on adding a new dot to the logo after three stores were open in 1969, but quickly scrapped the idea as the franchise rapidly grew. The dots on the logo represent those stores.

It was definitely a good idea to keep the logo the way it is, since Dominos now boasts over 10,000 locations worldwide. Imagine trying to fit that onto their logo!


An empty casing of the largest bomb used in WWII was on display at the Royal Air Force gates in the UK. Find out what they discovered when they tried to move it!

In 1958, the road that led to The Royal Air Force Scampton's front gates in the UK was going to be widened.

First, workers had to remove the empty casing of a WWII bomb, known as The Grand Slam Bomb. The Grand Slam Bomb is a deep penetrating bomb and weighs over 22,000 pounds. The workers brought in a crane to move the huge casing, but noticed that is was heavier than expected. Some though it could have been filled with concrete, but others thought maybe they should have an expert look at it before they moved it.

An expert examined the bomb and discovered that it was a real live bomb! The "casing" was filled with live filling from 1944. This bomb had been sitting there for 14 years. People had taken pictures with it and even sat on it. If the bomb had detonated, it would have flattened, not only the whole base, but most of the town that it was in, including a historical cathedral that was built in the year 1250! The bomb was eventually removed using a crane designed to withstand the weight and was demolished for safety reasons.


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A 19-year-old managed to squat in the AOL office for 2 months! Find out how he got away with it!

Like the majestic but mysterious chameleon, you too can slip past watchful eyes and get the most out of your surroundings, free of of charge. All you have to do is act like you belong and blend in. That's exactly what 19-year-old Eric Simons did for a couple months of free rent.

He's a Chicago entrepreneur who participated in AOL's K12 program that helps incubate up and coming tech minds. However, when the program ended, he learned that the badges still worked for the Palo Alto office, granting him access anywhere. He decided that's where he would set up camp while he worked on his startup.

He was able to pull it off by sleeping on a couch outside of the night guard's path, work until everyone was out of the office, hit the office's gym at 7a.m. And used the shower when everyone started to show up (he got in really good shape since this was essential), and spending only $30 in his first month.

Eventually a guard caught on and he was kicked out at 6 a.m. One morning. AOL's response was "It was always our intention to facilitate entrepreneurial-ism in the Palo Alto office—we just didn't expect it to work so well."


Infamous extreme Christian Shirley Phelps-Roper is guilty of one of the topics she protests against! See what she did

Shirley Phelps-Roper is infamous for her leading role in The Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas. Westboro Baptist church has extreme ideologies and are known for their hate-filled protests around the country. Shirleyis most famous for protesting at funerals of AIDS patients, along with homosexual soldiers holding homophobic posters about how the deceased is going to Hell.

Her hatred has even escalated worldwide and she is banned from The United Kingdom for "fostering extremism or hatred". As it turns out, Phelps-Roper has some skeletons in her closet. It is a Christian belief that if a woman bares a child out of wedlock, then that woman has committed a sin and will go to Hell.

In a 2007 interview, Phelps-Roper admitted that the eldest of her eleven children was born out of wedlock and she refused to announce who the father was. By doing this, Phelps-Roper has just admitted to the world that she a hypocrite, losing any credibility that she had. When the interviewer asked her if she thought she was going to Hell, she replied, "I know better" and I "put away" that kind of behavior, leaving the audience to wonder why she thought she was the exception to her own beliefs.



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