The Rubik’s cube was invented by the Hungarian professor Erno Rubik in 1974. It took him one month to solve this traditional (3x3x3) Rubik’s Cube for the first time.
Nowadays we have the internet, and things go a lot faster. The world record is set by Collin Burns. This American teenager solved the Cube within 5.25 seconds – incredible result.
I have no intention breaking this record. I thought it would be fun to be able to solve the Rubik’s Cube within 5 minutes. I used an online guide and I now can solve the Rubik’s Cube within 5 minutes – without the help of the guide.
My camera decided to film blurry for twenty seconds on 0:47 – sorry for that, Sir.
Some useless statistics
- 2 times I threw the cube on the ground of frustration
- 1 time I broke down a cube (not as a result of throwing the cube away)
- 7 and a half hours I had to practise before being able to solve the cube in 4.38 minutes
- 3 minutes is my current personal record (I actually broke it in the video, first take. Great success!)
How I learned the Rubik’s Cube
Understanding the Rubik’s cube – after 2.30 hours of practise
Underneath, I will show you how I learned it, how much time it took me and the struggles I went through.
- Two and a half hour of solving my first Rubik’s cube, with help of this online guide. I watched the videos and walked through the guide.
- The second time it took me 15 minutes, with the help of the online guide.
- After 30 minutes of practise, I was able to complete stage two (making a white cross), and stage three (making the white side of the cube complete) without help of the guide.
Solving the white cross – after 3.10 hours of practise
Solving the white corners – after 3.15 hours of practise
- After another 45 minutes of practise, I was able to complete stage four without help of the guide. I was able to solve the first two layers.
Solving the first two layers – after 4 hours of practise
- I tried this three more times, in which I was able to solve the cube until stage four within 14, 10 and 5 minutes respectively.
- After 20 minutes of practise I was able to solve stage 5, the yellow cross, without help of the guide.
Solving the yellow cross – after 4.50 hours of practise
- After another 20 minutes of practise I was able to solve the complete yellow side, without help of the guide.
Solving the yellow side – after 5.10 hours of practise
- After another 25 minutes I was able to solve the next stage: rearranging the blocks alongside the yellow side.
After another 10 minutes of practise, disaster stroke. My cube fell apart.
I like to believe this happened, because I was so fast the cube couldn’t handle it anymore.
- After 15 minutes of practise, I was able to solve the blocks along the yellow side within 6.5 minutes. I tried two times.
- After another 25 minutes of practise I solved my first Rubik’s cube without any help!
Disaster stroke again. I wanted to look up my time on my iPhone, but battery ran out. I estimate I solved the cube within 8 minutes.
- Solved the Rubik’s cube within 5.48 minutes.
- Failed to solve it – made mistake. Costed me 10 minutes.
- Solved the Rubik’s cube within 5.20 minutes.
- Solved the Rubik’s cube within 5.48 minutes. Made minor mistake.
- Solved the Rubik’s cube within 4.38 minutes! Mission accomplished.
In total it took me approximately seven and a half hours.
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