Embarrassing revelation: A quick poll of Popular Mechanic's digital staff shows that none of us has ever been able to solve a Rubik's Cube. And we had as long as we wanted to try (or at least as long as we wanted before we got bored).
That failure to solve one of the iconic children's puzzles is just one of the many things separating us from 19-year-old Australian Feliks Zemdegs, who just won the Rubik's Cube World Championship in Brazil after solving his cube in in 5.69 seconds in the final, with an average time of 7.56 seconds per solve overall. For those that don't follow the sport of speedcubing (), that's lightning fast.
Zemdegs still has a few more mountains to climb. The world record for a 3x3 Rubik's Cube solve still belongs to the Americans, with Pennsylvania teenager Collin Burns setting the world record with .