While it would take hours – even days – for an average man to solve the Rubik’s Cube, a genius from South Korea needed only a few seconds, setting a new world record, Monday, October 30.
Last year, it was 4.73 seconds. Last month, it was 4.69 seconds. But as of this week, SeungBeom Cho of South Korea, set a new world record of 4.59 seconds.
- The original name of Rubik’s Cube is Magic Cube.
- It was created in Budapest by a young professor of architecture, Erno Rubik, in 1974.
- The puzzle is made up of 26 miniature cubes, called “cubies” or “cubelets.”
- It was only in 1980 when it was renamed Rubik’s cube.
- Rubik himself took over a month to work out the solution to his puzzle.
- Rubik’s Cube won Toy of the Year in 1980 and 1981.
- It is the bestselling toy of all time, with over 350 million units sold worldwide.
- A Rubik’s Cube has 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 (over 43 quintillion) possible configurations.
23-year-old Cho was the only South Korean at the Chicago ChicaGhost 2017 Rubik’s Cube Event and he beat the previous world record in his first round of the day.
His competitors were surprised since all of his other scores for the competition didn’t get below seven seconds.
Prior to this record, Cho’s personal best was 6.54 seconds, according to the World Cube Association. He won 21 gold medals, 21 silver and 5 bronze in previous competitions.
Watch the video below. It’s really quick.
Sources: Huffington Post | BuzzFeed