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Rubik’s cube master sets new world record at 4.74 seconds

Don't blink.


Sarah Weber

Internet Culture

Posted on Nov 7, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 3:38 pm CDT

For those of us used to fumbling with a Rubik’s cube for hours or even days, the feats achieved by speed solvers are completely mind blowing. 

Dutch 20-year-old Mats Valk broke a new world record on Sunday, solving a 3 x 3 x 3 cube in a blazing 4.74 seconds at the Jawa Timur Open, a cube competition in Indonesia. He moves so fast, it’s hard to follow the action in a video of the record-breaking solution posted to YouTube

How does he get his hands to move like he’s Neo in The Matrix? We’re just going to call it what it is: magic. 

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*First Published: Nov 7, 2016, 1:40 pm CST