The Rubik’s cube was invented in 1974. At that time it was called the Magic Cube. It was introduced worldwide in 1980. One would think the toy would be old news, but the Rubik’s Cube has made a comeback. That’s because a Pennsylvania teen broke the world’s record by solving the Rubik’s Cube in a shocking 5.25 seconds, according to the New York Daily News.
Collin Burns completed the tricky challenge in an incredible 5.25 seconds at Central Bucks West High School on Saturday during the final round of a “speedcubing” competition of the World Cube Association. Speedcubing or speedsolving is the practice of solving a Rubik’s Cube in the shortest time possible.
Burns broke the world record for fastest time by putting all the colors on a 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube in their proper positions. The World Cube Association confirmed that Burns had beaten Dutch cuber Mats Valk’s former record of 5.55 seconds, who had held his title since 2013.
WCA delegate Tim Reynolds said that the last time an American held the world record was in 2006, but at a substantially slower 10.48 seconds.
“Although this result has not been uploaded to the WCA database just yet, we can confirm that this is (or will be soon) the new official WCA world record for the 3x3x3 single solve category. To our best knowledge, it has been performed in an official competition, with all the rules being followed, even the scramble has been checked for its correctness.”
Collin set the world’s record by solving the Rubik’s Cube, but he is not the only one who is solving the challenging puzzle toy these days. Mookie Betts, 22, had proven that he can also solve the cube. Prior to Tuesday’s game, the Red Sox outfielder easily solved a Rubik’s Cube in 1 minute and 53 seconds, according to NESN.
As of January 2009, 350 million Rubik’s Cubes had been sold worldwide making it the world’s top-selling puzzle game. It is widely considered to be the world’s best-selling toy.
All kinds of Rubik’s Cube records have been set, including solving with one hand, with feet, blindfolded, or in groups.
During Saturday’s competition, Collin was not the only winner. There were winners in other categories. The World Cube Association reported that Patrick Ponce won the 4×4 Rubik’s Cube in 28.88 seconds. Daniel Kasrnaukh solved a 2×2 Rubik’s Cube in 1.87 seconds. Sreeram Venkatarao solved a 3×3 Rubik’s Cube while blindfolded in 27.75 seconds. Justin Mallari solved a 3×3 Rubik’s Cube with one hand in 11.82 seconds. Henry Savich solved the Pyraminx in 2.9 seconds.
Have you ever solved a Rubik’s Cube? If so, how long did it take you to solve it?
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