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October 12, 2007

2007 Rubik's Cube World Championship

The finals took place last Sunday, October 7, 2007 in Budapest, Hungary.

Yu Nakajima, 16, of Japan, won by solving the puzzle in an average of 12.46 seconds.

Bonus: In the video above Erno Rubik himself makes a rare public appearance.

According to Wikipedia, "He is known to be a very introverted and hardly accessible person, almost impossible to contact or get for autographs. He typically refuses to attend speedcubing events."

Here's a link to the cube's history.

October 12, 2007 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


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Hunh. Erno was an amazingly attractive young-and-now-oldish fart to be so reclusive and suspicious and hard to get ahold of. I would've expected him to have two teeth and scales and wear oven mittens to shake hands, kind of thing.

Those speed events are fascinating -- it just occurred to me, what with my recent obsession with vacuuming (don't ask, but it has to do with a cat), that I've never heard of a speed-vaccuming-house-cleaning contest. I personally would not compete, but I'd sure hire the winner.

Posted by: Flautist | Oct 12, 2007 11:06:09 AM

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