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Rubik’s Cube Google Doodle celebrates 40 years of iconic toy

Google is once again set to be the cause of many a lost work hour today, with the latest Google Doodle celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube.

With the iconic toy firmly hitting middle age today, the new interactive Google Doodle lets users of the dominant search engine fritter away their working day by playing with a digital edition of the pesky puzzle.

Invented back in 1974 by Erno Rubik, a professor of architecture at the University of Budapest, the Rubik’s Cube is a 3x3x3 puzzle where users are tasked with rotating the blocks to form six complete sides of the same colour.

Recreated in digital form, the Rubik’s Cube Google Doodle lets users play the game and monitor their progress – or lack there of – with a handy move counter.

If by some miracle you manage to beat the puzzle, you can share your monumental achievement via Twitter, Facebook and, of course, Google Plus.

Sadly in the Google Doodle Rubik’s Cube, there is no option to cheat by peeling off the stickers to reapply them in a more convenient location.

This is the latest in a number of interactive Google Doodles which are sure to distract workers.

Back in 2010 an interactive Pac Man Google Doodle reportedly cost the global economy $120 million (£74.4m) in lost work hours.

What has been your favourite Google Doodle to date? Let us know via the comment boxes below.

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