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Museum breaks Guinness record for largest Rubik's cube

By Ben Hooper

Aug. 23 (UPI) -- A Canadian science museum unveiled a giant working Rubik's cube that officials believe to be a Guinness World Record breaker.

The Telus Spark science museum in Calgary unveiled a Rubik's cube Wednesday morning that measures 5 feet, 6.25 inches tall, beating the Guinness record-holding British cube by just over 4 inches.

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Wes Nelson, an exhibit technician at the museum, created the cube in honor of puzzle inventor Erno Rubik's birthday.

He said the exhibit was originally going to be a small plywood cube that would not function.

"Of course, I said, 'There's no way we're doing that. If we're doing it, we're gonna make an actual, functioning Rubik's cube,'" Nelson told CBC News.

He sad it took about five weeks to build the giant cube out of Styrofoam, cardboard, pipe and vinyl.

"We spent one night smearing lubricant into the interior surfaces of this thing to make sure that it spins," Nelson told the Calgary Herald.

The museum is now working to get the new record certified by Guinness.

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