Puzzle, Instant Insanity

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Description
This puzzle consists of four plastic cubes with differently colored faces. The goal is to arrange the cubes so that the four square faces in each long row of are of four different colors.
The general form of this puzzle dates to the early twentieth century. California computer programmer Franz O. Armbruster (1929-2013) developed this version. Parker Brothers offered it from the mid-1960s as Instant Insanity, Millions of copies sold.
References:
{Advertisement}, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, Calif. Feb 1, 1968: 15. The toy cost 87 cents.
Erik D. Demaine, Martin L. Demaine, and Tom Rodgers, A Lifetime of Puzzles, CRC Press, 2008, pp. 157-175.
Jerry Slocum and Jack Botermans, Puzzles Old and New: How to Make and Solve Them, Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1986, p. 38.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1980
ca 1970
ca 1968
maker
Parker Brothers
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3.3 cm x 13.3 cm x 3.3 cm; 1 5/16 in x 5 1/4 in x 1 5/16 in
ID Number
2012.0091.02
accession number
2012.0091
catalog number
2012.0091.02
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Judy Green
subject
Mathematics
Mathematical Recreations
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Science & Mathematics
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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