Saturday, 18 February 2012

108) Learn to do Rubik's Cubes in under 2 minutes

When I worked at Switch, Jon once bought in a Rubik's Cube, and casually solved it, like it was nothing. I was in awe. I had given up on all Rubik's Cubes when I was young, and assumed they were impossible to solve. I then thought of the question (that I made up) "If someone said they would give you a million pounds if they could lock you in a room until you solved a Rubik's Cube, would you do it?". The catch being, if you don't you will starve/dehydrate to death. I wouldn't do it... but if ever that chance came up I wanted to be able to.

Anyway, I decided that I wanted to conquer Rubik's Cubes, something that from a young age I learned I'd never do.

I started to learn it, and in June I managed to solve my first one. I had learned how to do it all but the end, but this single time the end, by chance, didn't need to be done. A girl was sitting next to me at the time, although she did well to hide it, I am sure she was impressed. 

During a trip to London I sat in Hyde Park trying to improve on my speed. I saw a group of Japanese tourists taking a photo of me. They probably went back saying "In London they have people sitting in parks doing Rubik's Cubes!".

For the last few months I had got my time down to around 2 minutes, but I couldn't consistently achieve it. I wouldn't count it as being completed until I could always do it in under 2 minutes.

Without further ado, here is the evidence.

*I should also point out, my nephew Sam very proudly filmed the bottom left video.


  1. The most impressive bit is Sam's videography x

  2. That's pretty cool, I've been foiled enough by those stupid cubes to be impressed. How did you end up getting the four videos going at once? I'm curious to how you edited this thing.