If you're looking for a parlor trick to impress your friends, check out this crash course in solving the Rubik's Cube in under two minutes. Vlogger Mike Boyd - host of the YouTube series Learn Quick - will coach you through learning the mathematical algorithms and developing the digital dexterity to solve the 3D puzzle in minutes.
And along the way, he offers cube trivia that you can share with people before showing off your nimble mind and fingers. For instance, there's 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible cube configurations. That's 43 quintillian, 252 quadrillion, 3 trillion, 274 billion, 489 million, and 856 thousand ways in which a cube can appear. And only one of those configurations is with all the colors in the right places. So don't feel bad if you've struggled all these years. Solving the Rubik's Cube on your own is like trying to find a needle in the planet of hay.
Boyd says that some haven't even been seen yet. And it would take 1.4 trillion years to sit down and cycle through all of them. So the Rubik's cube could be one of the last uncharted frontiers on earth, located right on your desk or coffee table.
Find out more through Boyd's tutorial. But be prepared to invest a few weeks of training in puzzle solving if you really want to beat the cube in under 100 seconds. It took Boyd over 16 hours - spread out over three weeks - to learn how to solve it in a minute and 31 seconds. Once you've mastered that, you can up the challenge by learning how to do it blindfolded like the champs profiled in the video.
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