Lube your cube, Rube?

April 30, 2007

There was a time when people could prove how smart they were by solving the Rubik’s Cube puzzle in, say, less than a month, but the world moves on. Today we have “speed cubers,” who not only solve it in a matter of seconds, but are able to do it blindfolded, one-handed or even with their feet.

The really serious puzzle-solvers now even lubricate their cubes with silicone spray, or loosen the screws to speed them up, in their frantic race to give each face of the cube a solid color. This has prompted me to lay claim to three Rubik speed records, until somebody else takes them away: 

  • Solving the puzzle with a cube and six colors of spray paint
  • Solving the puzzle on the “honor system,” using blindfolded judges
  • Coming pretty darned close to solving the puzzle, and getting a government contract to finish the job when I feel like it

Come and get me, smart guys… Reuven Fenton reports:

Oddly Enough Blog

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A model works on a Rubik’s Cube backstage before the Cynthia Rowley fall collections 2007 during New York Fashion Week February 8, 2007. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

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Blindfolded. One-handed. With my feet.

Over to you, Carnac.

Posted by John C Abell | Report as abusive

By blindfolded, one-handed and with my feet, I always mean someone else’s hands, eyes and an instruction book. But that’s just me.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

During Bill Gates’s younger, singler days, many an avaricious young model tried this seemingly irresistable ploy on the geek billionaire.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

That color is called green. It’s not in the instructions.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

[thought bubble]
But that means
792395
there’s only 327,596,165 possible arrangements. This ought to be a piece of cake.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

If I’m reading these instructions correctly, this thing will go with literally any outfit except a wedding dress.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

Hmm.
Rubic’s Cube
Page 1.

To start, turn ZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

[thought bubble]
I bet Tyra never went through this Hell.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

You’re the man. Told another model that you’d marry her if she could open up a Rubic’s cube without breaking it and get out the wedding, didn’t you. Classic.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

Queue “Sigh of frustration” in 3 2 1 Go.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

I just peel the stickers off and stick them back on so the sides are all solid.. VIOLA!! Cube solved!

Posted by Lady Weasel | Report as abusive