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Make Your Own Etch A Sketch

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We've covered the Etch A Sketch toy many times before -- for instance, when Mitt Romney used one on the campaign trail, when incredible portraits were made, and when our resident explainmaestro Matt Soniak told us how an Etch A Sketch works. But now I bring you the geeky supreme -- the first video from MAKE: Inventions, in which Steve Hoefer talks Etch A Sketch history, and then builds his very own based on a review of the original patent. I'm not saying this is easy, but for a skilled maker it's possible!

Got five minutes for a little Etch A Sketch history, and to see what's behind the screen? Tune in and enjoy (but don't shake your monitor or it'll all go blank):

A Few Etch A Sketch Commercials

I love old TV commercials. Here's one from 1960-ish advertising the Etch A Sketch and Magnastiks:

To see how much advertising had changed by 1973, check out this commercial. Sadly, embedding is disabled. It's 70s-riffic.

(Via 22 Words.)

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In less time than it takes some people to open a pickle jar, 15-year-old Patrick Ponce can solve a Rubik’s Cube. His total time of 4.69 seconds makes him the new holder of the world record for fastest 3-by-3 Rubik’s Cube completion, as highlighted by Compete (and seen in the video below).

Ponce achieved the impressive feat of dexterity at a tournament in Middletown, Virginia, on September 2. He takes the title from the previous Rubik’s Cube speed record holder, Feliks Zemdegs, who solved the puzzle in 4.73 seconds at a competition in Australia in December 2016.

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