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.


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