At first I thought this was a parody by the folks at The Onion, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. A fellow by the name of Graham Parker has finally solved the Rubik’s Cube puzzle. Some 26 years after he bought one:
‘I cannot tell you what a relief it was to finally solve it,’ the 45-year-old from Portchester, Hampshire, said. ‘It has driven me mad over the years – it felt like it had taken over my life.
‘I have missed important events to stay in and solve it and I would lie awake at night thinking about it.
‘I have had wrist and back problems from spending hours on it but it was all worth it. When I clicked that last bit into place and each face was a solid colour, I wept.’
Now that’s dedication. I think I spent an hour on one the first time I picked it up and then figured out that a screwdriver was the best way to solve it. Pop ‘em off and put them back on in proper order. Much less aggravation and stress that way. I’ve never bothered to figure out how to solve one the traditional way even though someone once bought me a book on how to do it. I suppose it’s safe to say that I’ve never had a problem with letting go.
Remember the Rubik’s Cube? The little plastic cube made up of smaller blocks that if you were particularly clever you could arrange in such a way that each side showed a solid color. Remember that damnable thing?
I do. I was never able to solve it in the conventional way. I had to make use of a hammer to disassemble it so I could put it back together properly and then I never allowed anyone to ever touch it again lest they jumble the colors up once more. Some of my friends said this was cheating, but I argued I was thinking outside the box… so to speak. It’s disheartening enough to realize that there are people out there for whom solving a Rubik’s Cube isn’t particularly challenging and even more so that there are some who can do it in a ridiculous short period of time.
Then there’s this guy:
That’s Dan Dzoan setting a world record for solving a Rubik’s Cube in a mere 17.9 seconds… using only ONE FRIGGIN’ HAND! He did this at the Caltech 2007 Winter Competition back in January. I am officially stunned by his ability to effortlessly solve a puzzle I can’t even begin to imagine how to solve with one hand almost literally tied behind his back. I want to hate him, but I’m too busy picking my jaw up off the floor to manage it.