14-Year Old Sets New Rubik's Cube World Record, Becomes First To Solve In Under 5-Seconds

November 25, 2015

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14-year old Lucas Etter of Kentucky has set a new world record for solving a 3x3 Rubik's cube, with a time of 4.904 seconds. Lucas set the record at a World Cube Association event in Maryland, and beat the previous record of 5.09 seconds (set earlier that day at the same event), and became the first to solve a cube in under 5 seconds. The record prior to that day was 5.25 seconds, set back in April. Man, it must have been a bittersweet victory for the first guy to beat the record that day. You think you're on top, then somebody comes along THE VERY SAME DAY and takes everything away from you. You know what they say though: It's better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all. I'm just not sure how that applies here, because I'd be f***ing pissed.

Keep going for a video of the victorious feeling.

Thanks to Luciano, who's hoping to set the new world record after getting a cube with only one color wrong.

  • If you want to learn the basic beginner method for solving the 3x3x3, I have several tutorial sites, all free.. my latest one is www.fixmycube.com and you can also see my 160+ rubik vidoes at www.youtube.com/user/mounta... .. I make all the vidoes and animations myself and I do it for free, cause I want to see more people in the world solve the cube!

  • Dave

    When will the autographed rubik's cube end up on ebay? Do you think he spent the rest of the day signing his name on some sweet man-boobs?

  • What a kewl Club of young dynamic Mathematics!

  • Rusty Shackleford

    All that hugging made my spaghetti fall out

  • Logos

    i thought the solvers weren't supposed to scramble the cubes

  • YouCan'tHandleTheTruth

    Where did it ever show him scrambling it himself? If you mean in the beginning, no he was looking at it first and seeing where the colors were so he could figure out how to do this quickly.

  • At this point are you even solving the puzzle or executing a series of pre-memorized motions?

  • YouCan'tHandleTheTruth

    If the cube is jumbled up after every use then its no longer a pre memorized motion for the person who picks it up next....

  • shashi

    Also, where does the sky end and space begin?

  • Lee David Peterson

    The guy who set the 5.09sec record must now know how Gary Oak felt...

  • Caleb Fox

    first of all, call him keton ellis. And second, the guy felt good for the kid. Didn't you see the guy who had the MD hoodie, asian skin, glasses?

  • Greg

    Gary WHO!? :P

  • I can solve a Rubik's Cube even faster.
    And by solve I mean hit with a large hammer.

  • TheQiwiMan

    ...some men just want to watch the world burn...

  • kālo'smi lokakṣayakṛtpravṛddho lokānsamāhartumiha pravṛttaḥ
    (I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.)

  • Tyguy

    ...and his skills with this benefited him for a lifetime...

  • John Samuel αΩ

    Yea, he should learn a thing or two and start spending his time making stupid comments on the internet instead!

  • Tyguy

    Just as useless. I'm glad you are here to tell me a thing or two, and give me perspective about writing "stupid comments"....on the internet.

  • JJP

    To be fair, world record holder is a nice title, and the interviews and press from this give him recognition that could be very very valuable in any STEM field interview.

  • Forblat

    Solving a Rubik's cube super fast is a cool trick and becoming the world record holder shows focus and dedication (or obsession), but if I were looking for valuable STEM skills I'd be more interested in someone developing algorithms and/or building little robots to solve the cube for them even faster than a human could...

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