First World Rubik's Cube Championship in 25 years
The few times I tried to solve a Rubik's Cube, I got frustrated after 10 or 15 minutes of making absolutely no progress, and promptly gave up -- swearing it was impossible. However, the more astute problem-solvers of the world have proven it can be done, and those with fast fingers have proven it can be done in practically no time at all.
These speed demons get together every once in awhile to test their skills, and battle it out for awards and prize money. Competitions are held on a fairly regular basis, but the there hasn't been a world championship for 25 years. However today, for the first time since 1982, these quick thinkers will come together at the second World Rubik's Cube Championship.
It's a three-day event, with players from 32 different countries competing in 17 different categories -- everything from solving the cube while blindfolded to trying to do it with their feet. And of course, everyone will be gunning for the world record time of 9.86 seconds -- set this past May be Frenchman Thibaut Jacquinot.
The contest is being held in Hungary, which is home to Rubik's Cube master Matyas Kuti -- a 14-year-old who has set 11 world records in the blindfold event, and practices for three hours a day.
While that might seem a little excessive, when you consider that prize money at this year's event totals $28,000, it's not hard to see why Matyas and his fellow competitors are taking this problem-solving game so seriously.