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Retrospectacle: Rubik's Cube

It’s a toy that is at the same time simple and complex. The six-sided, twisting puzzle known as the Rubik’s Cube was designed to stump and frustrate. The cube was born out of a geometry lesson by Erno Rubik, a Hungarian professor of architecture. It became a hit in the early '80s and remains permanently entrenched in pop culture today.

Retrospectacle: The Smiley Face

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Retrospectacle: The Zoot Suit

1930s menswear made for the dance floor; exaggeratedly large and loose jacket and pants matched ... more

Retrospectacle: Silly Putty

It bounces and it breaks. It stretches even when you think it can’t stretch any more! It’s ... more
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