Teen Breaks Rubik’s Cube World Record in Maryland

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Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 3.43.52 PMMaryland can’t claim the fleet-fingered 14-year-old named Lucas Etter. But when he broke a world record, we’re glad he did it here.

Over the weekend, the Kentuckian was at an event a CubingUSA meet at River Hill High School in Clarksville, where he sat down to solve the Cube. After a few seconds of examination, he laid it down. Then, he picked up the Rubik’s cube, and spun it around. In a video, the colors are moving so fast it’s difficult to tell what he’s doing. But when it hit the table 4.9 seconds later, it was solved. Touchdown-style celebrations ensued.


Turns out, it was a world record feat. Guinness confirmed today that Etter is the new world record holder for the Fastest Time to Solve a Rubik’s Cube.

In the video, however, the students are proclaiming an even bigger feat, saying “Two world record in one meet!”

That’s because The Free State was almost able to claim the multi-colored crown. Earlier in the day, Marylander Keaton Ellis registered 5.09 seconds.

While Ellis didn’t have much time to savor — or even officially register — his record, recent history indicates the standard may not last long. The previous record of 5.25 seconds was only recorded in April.


Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Technical.ly Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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