Have you ever played with a toy like this? These 'executive stress busters', or so they're called, really crack me up. What is the point, I ask you, of mini-Zen gardens, chimes, or metal balls you are supposed to roll around in your hand? I've never been a fan, as you can imagine, of things that do nothing but collect dust.
But I thought I'd give it a try. I received a gift of this Magic Magnetic Puzzle Cube recently, which claims to be a 'puzzle with no solution'. Alas, it is that... it's one of these things that is supposed to stoke your creativity, absorb you completely and thrill you with the sheer joy of maniuplating little pellets. This presumes, however, that one has a creative bone in their body. I do not.
I pulled the cube out of it's cute packaging and sure enough, it felt strange and strangely compelling. These little buggers stick together pretty strongly. But pretty quickly I run into the inevitable brick wall: what should I try to sculpt? What do I actually do with it? I spend a few minutes pulling it, pushing it, twisting and turning the pile only to lose steam pretty quickly. It's cute though, and a good stocking stuffer for the stressed out puzzle lovers in your life.