Marlon Somersall

Why I started cubing

Marlon Somersall (10, USA)

I started cubing to be better than my sister at something and to be the only person in my class to know how to solve the cube. I did not start speedcubing until the day after I learned to solve the cube because somebody in my class learned how to solve it on the same exact day, which is pretty rare, and he could solve it around the same time as me.

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Andy Liu

My Favorite Cuber

Andy Liu (13, Canada)

A lot of cubers tend to prefer the “cubing celebrities’ in this world, over the average, run-of-the-mill type cubers like me. Us cubers see these “specials” as inspiration, motivation to keep cubing and to achieve world-class speedsolve times. These “specials” would include the fastest cubers, like Feliks Zemdegs, Mats Valk, Lucas Etter, and renowned cubing YouTubers, dubbed DGCubes, RedKB and others.

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Sol Sutter

The Weirdest (and funniest) cubing day of my life

Sol Sutter (14, USA)

Today I’m going to tell you a story of perhaps the weirdest (and funniest) cubing day of my life. It was your typical Monday morning, bad hair, didn’t finish my homework, woke up late and overall I knew this day was going to be terrible. Continue reading “Sol Sutter”

Aedan Bryant

How I Met the Cube

Aedan Bryant (13, USA)

Riding in the front seat of the car, ready to get home and watch some YouTube, I get interrupted from my train of thought by my Dad exclaiming “hey I have a quick errand I have to run!” I accept and we pull into the parking lot of Toys R Us. Continue reading “Aedan Bryant”

Aryaansh Rathore

Best selling magic cube to unlock magic power

Aryaansh Rathore (12, UAE)

One day, I had gone to my sister’s school fair. Getting bored, I decide to explore the stalls. One was selling cubes. Well, one type. I went and picked it up, and this is what the label read – “Best selling magic cube to unlock magic power”

I did not know anything about cubing, and I asked my dad if we could buy it, and after some time, he gave me the 20 AED /- Overjoyed, I rushed to the stall, and bought it. I ‘accidentally’ scrambled it, and the first thing I did when I went home was – Opened cube explorer and searched for the optimal solution. And I was happy with a solved cube. But then I scrambled it on purpose, and embarked on a journey to fight boredom. It took me days, weeks but I learnt to solve it. The cube distracted me from boredom, and then it became like an addiction. Seriously, it was so relaxing that I even spent HOURS a day cubing. My friend also joined me, and learnt F2L. I was amazed at the ingenuity of CFOP. (Well, I averaged 1 minute 30 seconds). Two weeks later, I was averaging sub-50. I was really happy at how the cubing community gladly accepts newer cubers. And I also remember when getting a 1 minute solve was good 🙂

Robert McLane

How I met the cube

Robert McLane (20, USA)

Since my early years of life, I have always been fascinated with problems and how to solve them. Rather it be math homework, or a squeaky door at home, I was always up for a challenge. I lived a relatively simple life; playing video games, doing well in school, and wearing wrist bands as a fashion statement. Continue reading “Robert McLane”

Drew Ford

Rubik’s Cube Beginnings

Drew Ford (13, USA)

I first began trying to solve Rubik’s Cubes when I was eight years of age. I got a Mona Lisa sticker mod cube as a present on my birthday and was so excited. It even came with a plastic case to show it off. Continue reading “Drew Ford”

Lars Moreels

My favorite puzzle

Lars Moreels (19, Belgium)

I think it’s hard to decide what my favorite puzzle is. One, because I didn’t get the chance to try every puzzle out there, and two: because every twisty puzzle has its own glamour and characteristics. But I can safely tell that my favorite puzzle would be a non-WCA twisty puzzle.

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TH

A funny story about the cube

My first experience with a Rubik’s cube was when I was about 2. I had no idea what it was, all I knew was that it was bright and colourful. I introduced it to my teeth straight away. Hello Mr Colourful, how are you doing today? I’m fine, thank you Mr Teeth. Needless to say, that cube didn’t make it far. Continue reading “TH”

TH

My favourite puzzle, the Pyraminx

My personal favourite twisty puzzle is the Pyramix. It is my favourite because it is an intuitive and fresh yet surprisingly familiar take on the original 3×3 Rubik’s cube. The turning action of the Pyraminx rivals the turning actions of most high-end speedcubes such as the Gans or the Shengshou. The stickers, in all my time solving the Pyraminx, have barely been scratched at all (I have been solving for about a month, for the record).

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Anonymous from USA

My Favorite Cuber

(21, USA)

My favorite cuber is Steven Brundage. Steven has not only mastered the art of solving puzzles, but he has also mastered the art of illusion. Steven is a well known cuber who combines cubing and magic to create something truly unique. Steven has created his own tricks with cubing and brings something to the magic community that has never been seen or done before. While Steven may use illusions in his performances, a lot of what he does involves skill that has taken thousands upon thousands of hours to perfect and create.
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Jackson Breit

How I Met the Cube

Jackson Breit (14, USA)

Our family chiropractor was very friendly toward children. Smack-dab in the middle of the office toy bin there was an oddly oriented Skewb. My dad called it a Rubik’s Cube wannabe. Of course, being five, I had no idea what that was supposed to mean. At first I thought its sole function was to shift around like a purposeless Transformer. Naturally, my ADD brain was fascinated by this toy and I fiddled with it up until the time we left. From then on I was bent on twisting this thing until the sides fell off. I had no idea that it was meant to be SOLVED; such a notion that this strange colored shape was a puzzle was beyond me.
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Toby Perlstadt

My Favorite Speed Cuber

Toby Perlstadt (11, USA)

You are probably expecting me to say someone like Feliks Zemdegs or Mats Valk, but my favorite cuber is actually Yu Da Hyun. She is a Korean cuber and is insane at the megaminx and has the world record of 33.17 seconds. She also has the megaminx world record average with 37.25 seconds.

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Toby Perlstadt

My Favorite Twisty Puzzle: The Kibiminx

Toby Perlstadt (11, USA)

My favorite Twisty puzzle is… well… I’m not sure what it is called. According to DGCubes it is called a Kibiminx. I refer to it as a 2 by 2 Megaminx. It looks exactly as it sounds. It is pretty uncommon and only ShengShou makes it. Continue reading “Toby Perlstadt”

MJ

Why I started cubing

I guess I started cubing off of jealousy. When my friend came to school one day with a Rubik’s cube and asked me to scramble it, I did. When he took it back and solved it, I was amazed. I also must admit that I was jealous. Continue reading “MJ”

MJ

My favourite puzzle

My favourite puzzle is the Megaminx. Specifically the Carbon Fiber Megaminx. My favourite puzzle is the Megaminx for a couple of reasons. One reason is because in my opinion, it is complex enough for me, but not to complex. Another reason is because when you get good at solving the megaminx, you can solve it in sub 5 minutes. Continue reading “MJ”

MJ

My Favourite Cuber

I wish I could say that I am my favorite cuber, but that would be a lie. My favorite cuber is Feliks Zemdegs, and for a couple of reasons. One reason is because he holds nine world records! I mean, who wouldn’t look up to someone like that? Another reason is because when I think of Feliks Zemdegs, I think to myself, “I really want to be like him.” I have always looked up to Feliks, and I probably won’t stop.

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MJ

How I met the Cube

The first time I ever saw a rubik’s cube is when I was in first grade. My parents had gotten me a pretty good speed cube, and for me it was my favorite passtime. I would spend hours trying to solve the cube. My first real try at solving the cube was when I thought that if I put all of the pieces of one face in the right spot, I would solve the cube. I was quickly disappointed.

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Ethan Shaw

How I met the Cube

Ethan Shaw (16, USA)

I have vague memories of a Rubik’s cube floating around the house as a child; I never learned to solve it, and over time it was forgotten. The first time I encountered cubing in the sense I know it today was at a robotics competition– my cousin’s team was doing well that season, and my grandfather brought me along as a moral support. Continue reading “Ethan Shaw”

Dominic

Why I Started Cubing

Dominic (10, Philippines)

During the late months of 2016, cubing became popular in our school. Colby, my classmate became the first cuber in our class. He amazed my classmates and I by solving the cube in less than a minute. Continue reading “Dominic”

Lance Ventula

All in one

I met the Rubik’s Cube by seeing my friends and my cousin solve it fast. I saw a lot of people solving it fast especially the one who won the world record so I tried to solve a Rubik’s Cube using algorithms. So my mother bought me a Rubik’s Cube and all I needed to do is learn the steps & the moves. I started cubing also because of my friends and to try beat their personal best. I started cubing so I can a lot of kinds of Rubik’s Cubes. Continue reading “Lance Ventula”

Anonymous from USA

Why I Started Cubing

(21, USA)

I started cubing primarily because I was addicted to gaming. Although gaming is enjoyable, it has become too easily accessible with the wide use of smart phones that enable a person to access apps anytime and anywhere.  I recognized my addictive behavior and decided I needed another enjoyable way to get my mind off school and work.
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Anonymous from USA

How I Met The Cube

(21, USA)

I originally met the Rubik’s Cube when I was in elementary school. My friend’s older brother Mitchell had a 3×3 and it amazed me how he could solve the cube, no matter how scrambled it was. As I learned from him he taught me the logarithms to solve the puzzle and at the time, I didn’t even know what a logarithm was.
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Sammy Worlda

How I Met The Cube

The first time I saw the Rubik’s cube was a very long time ago, when my grandma gave me one from the 80s. I thought it was weird and confusing, so I chucked into my closet. A few years later, I was looking on Amazon, and I saw some weird-looking Rubik’s cubes. They looked cool, so I put them on my wishlist.
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Ishaan

How I met the cube

Ishaan Preet Singh Ahluwalia (India)

Well I was probably 8 or 9 when one day my cousin arrived at our house. With him he bought a Rubick’s cube with him. Neither of us knew how to solve it so it was just two boys throwing the cube around the house. Continue reading “Ishaan”

Jayden Smith

Why I started cubing

Jayden Smith (15, New Zealand)

About a year ago, one of my classmates at my school bought his 3×3 to school one day. I didn’t really notice or care all that much, but a couple of days later, some other classmates, inspired by the first, brought their cubes to school as well. Continue reading “Jayden Smith”

Aryaansh Rathore

My most favourite puzzle

Aryaansh Rathore (12, UAE)

My favourite puzzle……….. One question I always have to brainstorm to answer. I’m gonna answer a bit like if the question was like this- There are all the puzzles of the world in a room. You have to pick one, and quick, as they are going to melt. Continue reading “Aryaansh Rathore”

John Churchill Dizon

Why I Started Cubing

John Churchill Dizon (14, Philippines)

I started cubing because of I was so amazed to those people who can solve a Rubik’s Cube and many more twisty puzzle and why did I get amazed? Well because I’m a honor student from our school until now and I got influenced by people around our school especially my classmates and then I realize that Continue reading “John Churchill Dizon”

Shashank Naik

Funny story about the cube

Shashank Naik (12, India)

When I received my gift from my uncle, I was really happy. I had asked one for my birthday and my uncle remembered to get it. I did not know how to solve it. I would make four turns and then reverse it. One day my friend scrambled the cube totally. I was completely confused and had no idea how to solve it and moreover the centers had fallen off. I checked a few tutorials on how to solve the cube and followed it step by step.
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Shashank Naik

How I met the cube

Shashank Naik (12, India)

I had never heard of the word Rubik’s cube until I saw one in a toy store. I found the cube to be interesting and funny looking because of the various colours it had. But I was scared because I did not know what it actually was. I thought that it was bewitched. After a few days a friend of mine was playing with it. I feared to even go near it.
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Maury Gorospe

My cubing life

Maury Gorospe (13, Canada)

How I met the cube is that my friend has a Rubik’s cube and he was decent at solving it and me a non cuber would always mess it up for him, but he got so annoyed that he kept running away from me so I decided to buy my own cube of course I ordered from amazon because I have no idea about TheCubicle, speedcubeshop, etc. Continue reading “Maury Gorospe”

Daniel Avichail

How did I get into puzzle solving

Daniel Avichail (31)

So, how did I get into puzzle solving? It all started in late 2012, when I came across a Ukrainian talent show on Youtube. The contestant started off by asking one of the judges to scramble a 3x3x3 cube, after which he proceeded to do a blind solve on it. If that wasn’t impressive enough, in the next part of his act he unveiled one hundred scrambled 3x3x3 cubes, each of them numbered from one to a hundred. He had memorized all of them the night before and asked the judges to select any one of those hundred cubes, which he would then proceed to blind solve from memory. Watching him solve that cube left me no less impressed than the judges and audience at that show! Although I had seen Rubik’s Cubes before, this was the first spark that would soon pique my interest in learning to solve twisty puzzles.

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John Evans

How I Met the Rubik’s Cube

John Evans (11, USA)

The story of how I discovered the Rubik’s cube is very interesting. When I was three or four years old, I would play with my dad’s old cube. Back then I didn’t really understand the functions and how the cube worked. To be honest, I don’t even know why I would play with it. I may have even “accidently” tried moving the stickers to solve it once or twice. This was probably the first step I took towards becoming the cuber I am today. Though I was never able to solve it, it was a lot of fun and kept me busy.

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Sam

How I met the cube

Sam (20, UK)

My earliest memory of the Rubik’s Cube was back when I was 9-11 years old, so 2006-2009. I was given some money to buy toys with, and there was this cube thing, with different colours on each side. I thought it looked cool so I told my mum “I want that”. I remember vividly, her giggle saying, “you’ll never solve that”. But I was so adamant that I wanted it, she bought me it.

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Mikael Soh

Once upon a time…

Mikael Soh (12, Singapore)

Once upon a time, there lived two adult 3x3s, one a female and the other one a male. As it turned out, both cubes fell in love and they got married a month after they started dating. After about a year, the two cubes had a baby! They were very excited as there would now be another cube in the world(they were the only ones back then). Unfortunately, when they saw the baby, they were not prepared to see what they saw. Their baby cube was born scrambled! His body parts were moved all around and he was very ‘jumbled’.

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Daniel Evans

Why I started cubing

Daniel Evans (UK)

My mum taught me how to solve a cube in late 2012. After learning how to solve a cube, I got faster and faster than my mum, but I did not yet realise that I was a cuber as I had not met any other cubers yet. There was a younger kid at my primary school who learned how to solve it and when I tried his cube it was way faster, but soon I forgot about that until I entered secondary school. As I got to know more people at my new school, some shared an interest in cubes and I tried their cubes and they were faster, so I got faster cubes too. My time decreased so much, it nearly halved and this renewed my interest in cubes. At break I would race, but I never seemed to win.

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Daniel Evans

How I met the cube

Daniel Evans (UK)

A long, long time ago sitting in the cupboard was a Rubik’s cube, and one day I was just about tall enough to reach it so I got it down and scrambled it. I could not solve it so I gave it to my mum and after about 2 minutes it was solved. Over the next few weeks I kept scrambling it and making my mum solve it until one day, in despair, she got me to learn how to solve it. It took a while as she got me to understand each stage first so once I had finished I would not have to look back at it; I would know how to do it.

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Daniel Evans

A funny story about the cube

Daniel Evans (UK)

One day in early 2015 I had got a new 3×3 for Christmas; a Moyu Aolong and it was OK but was not what I expected and may well have been a fake. I heard that if you loosened the tensions, cubes could be faster. So I tried it out and my cube was way faster, but it popped a lot. I decided to leave the tensions really loose and went into school. I solved it in under 40 seconds so I thought it was great and then went to run Cubing club again.

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Tyeson Bouaphaseuth

A Funny Cube Story

Tyeson Bouaphaseuth (12, USA)

You are standing in your room staring at the damned twisty puzzle. You ask yourself why it is so meticulously crafted to incite frustration and misgivings. You glance at your nearby alarm clock until you realize you’ve been cursing it for the past 20 minutes. Then a brilliant idea comes into your troubled brain. The Google. The Google knows everything. You sprint out of your room to retrieve your laptop as you wonder why you didn’t think of this before you uttered profanity at the little devil for 20 minutes.

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Asa Grigsby

My Favorite Puzzle

Asa Grigsby (12, USA)

Everybody likes a good puzzle. They’re hard, challenging, and once you solve it, it feels like you’re on top of the world.

The definition of a puzzle according to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary says, “a game, toy, or problem designed to test ingenuity or knowledge.” I don’t know what the writer of this definition was thinking when they made this definition, but they were probably thinking of the Square One.

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Karen Lee

How I met the cube

Karen Lee (14, Hong Kong)

When I first picked up a Rubik’s cube I was about 2 or 3 years old. The first one I ever owned was probably a Rubik’s keychain cube, and since I didn’t know how to solve it, all I could do with it was arrange its layers into funny shapes. Of course, this was limited, and sooner or later, I’d get bored and dump it to the back of my cupboard. Solving the cube was, to me, an impossible feat, only accomplishable by rumored geniuses. Slowly, years passed, and some way or another, the cube disappeared, both physically (I lost it) and mentally (I never thought of it again). This was until one day, when I was about 11, and I saw a video of the history of 3×3 world records appear in my YouTube suggestions bar.

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Devin Callahan

How I Met The Cube

Devin Callahan (13, USA)

I met the Rubik’s Cube about 6 or 7 years ago. I had gotten one from my mom on Christmas morning and another from my grandma on my birthday. I didn’t learn to solve it until the beginning of 2017. I don’t remember much of me meeting the cube so i’ll talk about how I solved it and became a cuber.

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Yohaan Master

A funny story about the cube

Yohaan Master (10, Singapore)

This incident happened on the sixth of March, earlier this year.

4th grade was reaching its end, and we were more or less passing time till the end of school. Our teachers handed assignments that we finished in the wink of an eye, and finally resigned to giving us free time.

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Igor Krainović

How I Met The Cube

Igor Krainović (29, Croatia)

I’ve met the cube way back in high school, it was one of those mesmerizing, character defining events. I remember it was the end of school year, me and my friends were going to P.E. class, and one of them pulled the cube out of the backpack. We all tried it a bit, managed to make one side right and generally thought it was easy – repeat the process five more times and that’s it! Right? Were we wrong.

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Jai O’Connor

How I Met The Cube

Jai O’Connor (13, 02OCON2017, YouTube)

One day, I was watching TV. I was flickering through the channels and found a Rubik’s Cube advertisement. I stopped flickering to watch it. After I watched it, I was inspired. I wanted to get one. But I didn’t know speed-cubing so I was basically a non-cuber.

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Devin Callahan

How I Met The Cube

Devin Callahan (13, USA)

I met the Rubik’s Cube about 6 or 7 years ago. I had gotten one from my mom on Christmas morning and another from my grandma on my birthday. I didn’t learn to solve it until the beginning of 2017. I don’t remember much of me meeting the cube so i’ll talk about how I solved it and became a cuber.

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Joshua Í Brekkunum

How I met the cube

Joshua Í Brekkunum (14, The Faroe Islands)

The first time I actually saw a Rubik’s cube was when I was about five years old when a friend of my mother’s was solving it and I thought to myself I will never solve that.

I started to solve a Rubik’s cube was when I was eight years old, but then I only had a cheat sheet I did not know how to memorize algorithms I did that for like a week and then I forgot about it.

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