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Facts about the Rubik’s Cube and the sport of Speedcubing
The Rubik's cube was invented in 1974 by Erno Rubik, a Hungarian professor of architecture, who used the puzzle to help explain 3-dimentional geometry principles to his students.
It took the professor over a month to solve it for the first time.
There are over 43 quintillion possible states (43 with 18 zeros); over 100 million times more than there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy. If you stacked all 43 quintillion states on top of each other, they would stretch over 261 light years out into space.
It was toy of the year 1980 & 1981, and the "You can do the cube" book sold 1.5 million copies. The puzzle itself has sold over 350 million units.
The first international championship was held in 1982, and the best time was 22.95 seconds.
The current world record is 4.59 seconds, shared by Feliks Zemdegs of Australia, and SeungBeom Cho of Korea.
The World Cube Association was formed in 2004, and the world championships are held every second year.
There are 18 official events in speedcubing, ranging from the standard 3x3x3 cube to the 7x7x7 cube, as well as blindfolded and solving with feet events. The Arnold Classic Africa 2018 speedcubing competition will host 17 of the official events.
Speedcubing in South Africa is governed by CubingZA.org under the guidance of the World Cube Association. South Africa had their first competitions in 2014, and now has over 500 competitors. The current South African record is 8.09 seconds, held by Shivaan Harichander since September 2017.
"Come and try" - Public Participation:
Speedcubing enthusiasts are passionate about learning new methods, as well as teaching what they’ve learnt and discovered. The South African speedcubing community has a large variety of talented individuals who would love to show you just how fun our sport can be. We welcome spectators to come and learn what it takes to solve the cube. There will be a store selling puzzles of all shapes and sizes, as well as all kinds of Rubik’s cube related merchandise.
How do I enter:
072 812 8159
Official WCA competition webpage:
The CubingZA community homepage:
The speedcubes online store competition webpage:
The WCA webpage for a competition we are hosting in Pretoria next month: