Guy Breaks Rubik's Cube World Record By Solving The Puzzle In 4.22 Seconds
This is the incredible moment that a guy breaks the Rubik's Cube world record by solving the puzzle in 4.22 seconds.
I know, it's absolutely amazing.
The new record holder is a 22-year-old Australian bloke called Feliks Zemdegs, who managed to solve the iconic 3D puzzle in just 4.22 seconds - a massive feat, given that most of us couldn't do it even if we were given three days.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the multiple record holder bought his first Rubik's Cube in 2008 at the age of 12, inspired by 'speedcubing' videos he'd spotted on YouTube. Within the hour, he'd returned to the shop having completed it.
Within a month, Zemdegs was already clocking times of about half a minute, and in less than two years he broke his first world record with a solve of 6.77 seconds.
During an interview with Huffington Post after claiming his second world title at the 2015 Rubik's Cube World Championship in Brazil, Zemdegs revealed that there isn't 'one trick' to conquer the puzzle.
"For the most part, pretty much everyone who is doing these competitions has learned how to solve it off an Internet tutorial or off YouTube," he said, adding: "I mean, anyone can learn it.
"It just takes a bit of practice and patience. But when you first learn how to solve it, it's very formulaic. You know, you'll learn you do this to solve this piece, then go to the next step and solve this piece. That's sort of the beginner method. And then once you learn more and practice more, it becomes more intuitive.
"I'm always very impressed by people who've figured out how to solve it by themselves, and I think that's ridiculously difficult. I couldn't even imagine it - that's one of the most impressive things.
"If someone's looking to try and do that, one common tip is think of the Rubik's Cube in terms of pieces, instead of stickers."
While we think Zemdegs is a pretty astounding fella, he doesn't believe his Rubik's Cube action means he's more of a genius than anyone else.
"That's probably the stereotype," he said.
"Literally anyone can learn it. I think to get really fast, you obviously have to have some sort of pattern recognition, spatial awareness, finger dexterity.
"I'm not sure that necessarily translates to intelligence at all, but it definitely requires a spatial reasoning sort of thing. And to get fast, it [really just] requires a lot of practice and dedication."
Well, off you pop, then - time to get practising.
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