# The origin me is kind of cute

-I am around 40 years old, though I was actually born in 1980.
-I twist your mind like you did to me.
-I come in many forms, thou the origin me is kind of cute.
-You might think i am divided by 27, but it's actually 26.

I am....?

• I remark that Alex's other questions seem to have perfectly good English spelling and grammar. I guess, therefore, that the mistakes here ("thou" for "though", "I actually born" rather than "I was actually born", "I comes", etc.) are all deliberate. Alex, would you like to confirm this? Jun 17 '16 at 16:22
• @GarethMcCaughan oops, Friday Morning
– Alex
Jun 17 '16 at 16:23
• Ah, OK. Sorry if I caused any offence. Jun 17 '16 at 16:30
• @GarethMcCaughan no offence at all, and you're quick!
– Alex
Jun 17 '16 at 16:33

I think you are probably

a Rubik cube.

I am around 40 years old, though I was actually born in 1980.

Rubik's patent goes back to 1975, about 40 years ago. The first batch of exports actually called "Rubik's Cube" was in 1980.

I twist your mind like you did to me.

It's kinda braintwisting, and you use it by "twisting" the faces relative to one another.

I come in many forms, thou the origin me is kind of cute.

After the 3x3x3 cube, there were all kinds of variants of different shapes and sizes. I'm not quite sure why "the origin me is kind of cute" -- perhaps because before the Rubik 3x3x3 there was a smaller 2x2x2 that never really took off? Or because "cute" and "cube" are alike?

You might think i am divided by 27, but it's actually 26.

It's a 3x3x3 cube and 3x3x3=27, but there isn't actually a centre piece: there are 26 "outer" cubelets that are held together by hidden protrusions in a rather clever way. (Though I think there are other mechanisms that do use a central piece somehow.)

• Silly thought about the cute clue: "Cubic root" (the origins of the cube) is a Spoonerism of "Rubik's cute" (my originator is cute). Jun 17 '16 at 16:44
• That's ingenious! Jun 17 '16 at 16:46