For the second straight year, Feliks Zemdegs of Australia has won the Rubik’s Cube world title.
The 19-year-old solved a three-by-three Rubik’s cube at an average speed of 7.56 seconds at the 2015 Rubik’s Cube World Championship over the weekend in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
One time, he completed the puzzle in a startling 5.695 seconds, just a few tenths of a second shy of the 5.25 second world record, which is held by an American named Collin Burns.
This is what it looks like to just miss a world record.
“Because I won last time, I was less nervous this time -- because I had already won one,” Zemdegs said. “So that helped a bit."
Zemdegs is a full-blown celebrity in the Rubik’s Cube community. His mother, Rita, told NPR’s Lourdes Garcia-Navarro that so many people asked for his autograph throughout the weekend that finding time to take a bathroom break proved difficult.
"It's a crazy feeling as a parent to have him mobbed by so many fans," Rita said. "It's hilarious.
Zemdegs's three-by-three competition is just one of seventeen held at the championships. And let's just say some people just like things a little harder in life.
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