40 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Rubik's Cube

The insanely addictive puzzle is 40 this year. Happy Birthday!

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15. Yet, amazingly, the best speed cubers* can solve the cube in under six seconds.

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Speed cubers = people who take part in speed cubing – a sport where competitors try and solve the cube as quickly as possible.

16. The current world record holder is Mats Valk from the Netherlands. Who completed the puzzle in 5.55 seconds.

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18. This beat the previous record of 5.66 seconds held by Australia's Feliks Zemdegs.

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20. This guy took a whole 25 seconds. But he was doing one-handed push-ups AT THE SAME TIME!

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21. Another dude took 28.80 seconds to solve the puzzle BLINDFOLDED!

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22. A three-year-old in China solved the puzzle in under two minutes.

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23. And then there's this guy, clocking in at ten minutes, using his nipple. Oh, internet.

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25. Earlier this year CubeStormer 3 solved a Rubik's Cube in 3.253 seconds!

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26. Hell, even Mantis Shrimp can do the puzzle.

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29. The winner was Minh Thai (USA) with a relatively slow (compared to modern times) solve of 22.95 seconds.

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33. It is fully functional and can be used like a normal cube.

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34. In 2011 Evgeniy created an even smaller cube so tiny it could only be 3D printed.

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38. In 1981, British pop group, The Barron Knights released a song called Mr. Rubik which appeared on their album Twisting The Knights Away. The song is about a person who is going crazy after playing a Rubik's Cube.

An earlier version of this post did not properly cite a source for the explanation of the ingenious internal mechanism that powers Rubik's cube.