Intriguing facts and record-breaking stats
Jigsaw puzzles have been part of the Ravensburger product range since 1964. Throughout the decades, we have collected interesting facts, funny stories and record-breaking results. We are about to take you on a somewhat different journey through the world of Ravensburger Puzzles, to show you things that you probably never knew.
A Ravensburger Export Manager once ate a puzzle piece, cut from thick cardboard, right before the eyes of his Chinese customers. Although we strongly recommend that you do not try this at home, the Export Manager did this to visually illustrate the most authentic proof of the “quality enjoyment” provided by Ravensburger Puzzles.
Piece by piece
The two stretches of puzzle that the cities Königsbrunn in Bavaria, and Buxtehude in Lower Saxony laid on the main streets during the German Puzzle Day 2006, were 4 kilometers long. These consisted of a total of 9,000 puzzles back-to-back with approximately two million pieces!
Puzzles: What’s your preference?
20 or 500 pieces? With the Ravensburger Puzzle iPad app, puzzle fans can select the right puzzle for any mood. The app offers six images across nine levels of difficulty, with an additional 150 currently available and new ones will be added.
A glance back in history
In 1760, engraver John Spilsbury sawed 39 counties of a map of England from thin mahogany wood. The children in geography class were supposed to join them back together to make their homeland. That's how the puzzle was discovered!
Who can do puzzles faster?
In 2006 a 77-hour marathon puzzle-making event was initiated, to test the endurance of women against men. Two representatives of each gender competed against each other, by doing half of an 18,000 piece Ravensburger puzzle. After three-and-a-half days, the men narrowly scraped into first place.
One special Ravensburger puzzle design weighed 500 kilos, and was assembled underwater by 50 divers in a 4-day puzzle marathon. The puzzle carpet on the floor of a swimming pool was about 100 m² in area and the crazy experiment was a success.
The biggest puzzle in the world
A million puzzle pieces to create the world record. In 2008, the citizens of Ravensburg, Germany assembled exactly 1,131,800 puzzle pieces in the town center, to create a million-piece puzzle, and consequently the largest puzzle in the world.