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.