26 years later man finally solves Rubik’s Cube.

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.

10 thoughts on “26 years later man finally solves Rubik’s Cube.

  1. Yeah, I was more interested in seeing how they worked than solving them, so I popped them open. I still have my Rubik’s Dodecahedron. It’s harder to take apart than the cube, but was just as interesting. :o)

  2. I got one for Krismas when I was 16 and it took me about 3 months to solve it, and I wasn’t spending nearly that much time at it. Plus, there are books out there to teach you how to solve it. What a maroon.

  3. Like Captain Kirk, I cheated on that problem.  First time I saw one, I spent about 30 seconds looking at it, figured out how to pop the pieces off, and reassembled it solved.  Never did waste any time trying to twist it this way and that.

    Not exactly Kobayashi Maru, I’ll grant you.

  4. Huh.

    I recently bought a Rubik’s Cube to replace one that I’d owned… what? Maybe 10 years ago. I never knew how to solve one, and after watching the Pursuit of Happyness, I just felt it was one of those things that I wanted to learn how to do. You know, like a magic trick.

    So, I bought one, found a tutorial on YouTube, and taught myself how to do it through the tutorial. Now I can solve a cube in under 2 minutes. No wizard by any means, but its something I can do.

    As expected, like a magic trick, once you know the secret, it doesn’t seem that mysterious and unsolvable anymore.

  5. The cool thing about the Rubik’s Cube, though, is that there is not just one “trick” to solve it: there are any number of approaches, some relatively simpler and slower, and some more complex and faster.  There is still debate among cubers if “God’s Algorithm”, that is, a set of rules that will always enable you to solve the cube in the minimum number of moves (which is known to be seventeen or fewer) exists or not, or whether you would need exhaustive search to find the minumum: which would mean you would be God, or someone with a lot of time on your hands before the Universe goes beddy-bye.

    In any case, no one knows God’s Algorithm, except perhaps God, and She’s not talking.  So there are still mysteries.

  6. The old adage works for me, better late than never.

    Got to hand it to the guy for not giving up.

  7. Zilch, you made me look up the algorithms on Wikipedia and elsewhere. I can follow the math up to a point—the thrust of the argument is argument is fine, but for a deeper understanding I’d have hit textbooks really hard for an extended period of time wink

  8. I find that solving the Rubic’s Cube or it’s big brother regularly lowers my blood-pressure. So did playing OMF 2097. Go figure.

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