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Uwe Mèffert
UWE MèFFERT (born 28 November 1939) has manufactured and sold mechanical puzzles in the style of Rubik\'s Cube since the original Cube craze. His first design was the Pyraminx
Pyraminx
and others include the Megaminx
Megaminx
, Skewb
Skewb
and Skewb
Skewb
Diamond . More recently he has licensed and re-released designs from other manufacturers, such as Dogic . In the 1970s Mèffert created some puzzles for his own amusement using pieces of balsa wood attached to a center ball by rubber bands. He did not think anyone else would be interested in them, and put them away and forgot about them until Ernő Rubik's Rubik's Cube became a worldwide sensation in the 1980s. In 1981 Mèffert took his puzzles to a Japanese toymaker who agreed to market them. One of them, Pyraminx, sold more than 10 million pieces that year, and 90 million within three years
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Australia
Coordinates : 25°S 133°E / 25°S 133°E / -25; 133 Commonwealth of Australia Flag Coat of arms ANTHEM: " Advance Australia Fair " CAPITAL Canberra
Canberra
35°18′29″S 149°07′28″E / 35.30806°S 149.12444°E / -35.30806; 149.12444 LARGEST CITY Sydney
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Switzerland
SWITZERLAND (/ˈswɪtsərlənd/ ), officially the SWISS CONFEDERATION, is a federal republic in Europe
Europe
. It consists of 26 cantons , and the city of Bern
Bern
is the seat of the federal authorities. The country is situated in western -Central Europe
Europe
, and is bordered by Italy
Italy
to the south, France
France
to the west, Germany
Germany
to the north, and Austria
Austria
and Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein
to the east
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Geelong
GEELONG (/dʒᵻˈlɒŋ/ ) is a port city located on Corio Bay and the Barwon River , in the state of Victoria , Australia
Australia
, 75 kilometres (47 mi) south-west of the state capital, Melbourne
Melbourne
. It is the second largest Victorian city, with an estimated urban population of 191,440 as at June 2016, having grown 2.1 percent since June 2015. Geelong
Geelong
runs from the plains of Lara in the north to the rolling hills of Waurn Ponds to the south, with Corio Bay to the east and hills to the west. Geelong
Geelong
is the administrative centre for the City of Greater Geelong
Geelong
municipality, which covers urban, rural and coastal areas surrounding the city, including the Bellarine Peninsula
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Heidelberg
HEIDELBERG (German pronunciation: ( listen )) is a college town in Baden-Württemberg
Baden-Württemberg
situated on the river Neckar in south-west Germany . At the 2015 census, its population was 156,257, with roughly a quarter of its population being students. Located about 78 km (48 mi) south of Frankfurt
Frankfurt
, Heidelberg
Heidelberg
is the fifth-largest city in the German state of Baden-Württemberg
Baden-Württemberg
. Heidelberg
Heidelberg
is part of the densely populated Rhine- Neckar Metropolitan Region . Founded in 1386, Heidelberg University is Germany's oldest and one of Europe's most reputable universities. A scientific hub in Germany, the city of Heidelberg
Heidelberg
is home to several internationally renowned research facilities adjacent to its university, including four Max Planck Institutes
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Germany
Coordinates : 51°N 9°E / 51°N 9°E / 51; 9 Federal Republic
Republic
of Germany Bundesrepublik Deutschland (German ) Flag Coat of arms MOTTO: "Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit " "Unity and Justice and Freedom" (de facto) ANTHEM: Deutschlandlied
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Asia
Major Cities of Asia
Asia
List of cities in Asia List * Tokyo
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Hong Kong
HONG KONG is a Special Administrative Region
Special Administrative Region
(SAR) of China
China
. It has an area of 1,104 km 2 and shares its northern border with the Guangdong
Guangdong
Province of Mainland China
China
. With around 7.2 million Hongkongers of various nationalities, Hong Kong
Hong Kong
is the world\'s fourth most densely populated country or territory . Hong Kong
Hong Kong
used to be a British colony with the perpetual cession of Hong Kong Island from the Qing Empire after the First Opium War (1839–42). The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 and acquired a 99-year lease of the New Territories
New Territories
from 1898. Hong Kong was later occupied by Japan
Japan
during the Second World War until British control resumed in 1945
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Tetrahedron
In geometry , a TETRAHEDRON (plural: TETRAHEDRA or TETRAHEDRONS), also known as a TRIANGULAR PYRAMID, is a polyhedron composed of four triangular faces , six straight edges , and four vertex corners . The tetrahedron is the simplest of all the ordinary convex polyhedra and the only one that has fewer than 5 faces. The tetrahedron is the three-dimensional case of the more general concept of a Euclidean simplex , and may thus also be called a 3-SIMPLEX. The tetrahedron is one kind of pyramid , which is a polyhedron with a flat polygon base and triangular faces connecting the base to a common point. In the case of a tetrahedron the base is a triangle (any of the four faces can be considered the base), so a tetrahedron is also known as a "triangular pyramid". Like all convex polyhedra , a tetrahedron can be folded from a single sheet of paper. It has two such nets
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Octahedron
In geometry , an OCTAHEDRON (plural: octahedra) is a polyhedron with eight faces, twelve edges, and six vertices. The term is most commonly used to refer to the REGULAR octahedron, a Platonic solid
Platonic solid
composed of eight equilateral triangles , four of which meet at each vertex. A regular octahedron is the dual polyhedron of a cube . It is a rectified tetrahedron . It is a square bipyramid in any of three orthogonal orientations. It is also a triangular antiprism in any of four orientations. An octahedron is the three-dimensional case of the more general concept of a cross polytope . A regular octahedron is a 3-ball in the Manhattan (ℓ1) metric
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Dodecahedron
In geometry , a DODECAHEDRON (Greek δωδεκάεδρον, from δώδεκα dōdeka "twelve" + ἕδρα hédra "base", "seat" or "face") is any polyhedron with twelve flat faces. The most familiar dodecahedron is the regular dodecahedron , which is a Platonic solid
Platonic solid
. There are also three regular star dodecahedra , which are constructed as stellations of the convex form. All of these have icosahedral symmetry , order 120. The pyritohedron is an irregular pentagonal dodecahedron, having the same topology as the regular one but pyritohedral symmetry while the tetartoid has tetrahedral symmetry . The rhombic dodecahedron , seen as a limiting case of the pyritohedron, has octahedral symmetry . The elongated dodecahedron and trapezo-rhombic dodecahedron variations, along with the rhombic dodecahedra, are space-filling . There are a large number of other dodecahedra
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Icosahedron
In geometry , an ICOSAHEDRON (/ˌaɪkɒsəˈhiːdrən, -kə-, -koʊ-/ or /aɪˌkɒsəˈhiːdrən/ ) is a polyhedron with 20 faces. The name comes from Greek εἴκοσι (eíkosi), meaning 'twenty', and ἕδρα (hédra), meaning 'seat'. The plural can be either "icosahedra" (/-drə/ ) or "icosahedrons". There are many kinds of icosahedra, with some being more symmetrical than others. The best known is the Platonic , convex regular icosahedron
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Panagiotis Verdes
PANAGIOTIS VERDES is the Greek inventor of the 6x6x6 , 7x7x7 , 8x8x8 and 9x9x9 Twisty Puzzles . He has also worked on new designs of every Twisty Puzzle from 2x2x2 to 11x11x11. INVENTIONS The V-Cube 6 in solved state The V-Cube 7 in solved state Prior to Verdes's invention, the 6x6x6 cube was thought to be impossible due to geometry constraints. Verdes's invention uses a completely different mechanism than the smaller Rubik's cubes; his mechanism is based on concentric, right-angle conical surfaces whose axes of rotation coincide with the semi-axes of the cube. The patents for the cubes were awarded in 2004, and mass-production began in 2008. Verdes's mechanism allows cubes of up to size 11x11x11, as larger cubes have geometrical constraints. REFERENCES * ^ A B C Slocum, Jerry (2009). The Cube: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Bestselling Puzzle. United States: Black Dog & Leventhal
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Harz
The HARZ is a Mittelgebirge
Mittelgebirge
that has the highest elevations in Northern Germany
Northern Germany
and its rugged terrain extends across parts of Lower Saxony , Saxony-Anhalt
Saxony-Anhalt
, and Thuringia
Thuringia
. The name Harz
Harz
derives from the Middle High German
Middle High German
word Hardt or Hart (hill forest), Latinized as Hercynia . The Brocken
Brocken
is the highest summit in the Harz
Harz
with an elevation of 1,141.1 metres (3,744 ft) above sea level . The Wurmberg (971 metres (3,186 ft)) is the highest peak located entirely within the state of Lower Saxony
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Bern
The city of BERN (German: ( listen )) or BERNE (French: ; Italian : Berna ; Romansh : Berna ; Bernese German : Bärn ) is the de facto capital of Switzerland
Switzerland
, referred to by the Swiss as their (e.g. in German) Bundesstadt, or "federal city ". With a population of 141,762 (November 2016), Bern
Bern
is the fifth-most populous city in Switzerland. The Bern
Bern
agglomeration, which includes 36 municipalities, had a population of 406,900 in 2014. The metropolitan area had a population of 660,000 in 2000. Bern
Bern
is also the capital of the canton of Bern
Bern
, the second-most populous of Switzerland's cantons. The official language in Bern
Bern
is (the Swiss variety of Standard) German , but the most-spoken language is an Alemannic Swiss German dialect, Bernese German
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Japan
Coordinates : 35°N 136°E / 35°N 136°E / 35; 136 Japan 日本国 Nippon-koku Nihon-koku Flag Imperial Seal ANTHEM: * " Kimigayo " * 君が代 "His Imperial Majesty's Reign" GOVERNMENT SEAL OF JAPAN * * Go-Shichi no Kiri (五七桐) Area controlled by Japan
Japan
shown in green Capital and largest city
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