New York Observer wrote:

It's party time for the cube with 519,000,000,000,000,000,000 different combinations

I suppose that was possibly taken from the

New York Post article:

New York Post wrote:

The puzzle has 519 quintillion possible combinations. That’s 519,000,000,000,000,000,000.

Note the actual number is:

? ((8! * 12!) / 2) * (3^8 / 3) * (2^12 / 2)

% = 43252003274489856000

That's 43 quintillion.

If you include the center orientations the number is:

? ((8! * 12!) / 2) * (3^8 / 3) * (2^12 / 2) * (4^6 / 2)

% = 88580102706155225088000

That's 88 sextillion.

Edit: fixed the names of the numbers. Considering reassembly:

? (8! * 12!) * (3^8) * (2^12)

% = 519024039293878272000

There we go. A very misleading number to report.