Teenager solves Rubik's Cube in 16.9 seconds – one-handed!
He breaks national record in the same amount of time it would take the average person to type this sentence.
There are 43 quintillion possible twists and turns in solving a Rubik's Cube.
But all 18-year-old Eyal Alfassi needed to solve the puzzle was 16.985 seconds, breaking his own previous record of 17.40 seconds. Oh, and he did it one-handed.
Not surprisingly, this is the third consecutive year that Alfassi has won the championship in his native Israel. The event is held annually and is part of the World Cube Organization, which organizes similar competitions around the world in such places as the U.S., Greece and Australia.
Alfassi has been honing his skills over the past couple of years. As you can see in the video below, he did the one-handed trick in a little more than 19 seconds back in 2014:
And in case you're interested in seeing his complete evolution since he first picked up a Rubik's Cube back in the seventh grade, check out his YouTube page, where Alfassi has been uploading his feats for five years.
Solving the puzzle one-handed is something of an exclamation point in the world of Rubik's Cubes. A video of a man solving it left-handed in under 30 seconds has garnered more than a quarter million views on YouTube. Other tricks include doing it while blindfolded.
Rubik's Cubes reached their peak in popularity during the 1980s when, at one point, 350 million of them were sold. They're now riding a wave of nostalgia from that decade. One of the final remaining acts in this summer's season of "America's Got Talent" is New York-based Steven Brundage, who performs unbelievable magic tricks with nothing more than his Rubik's Cube and a little imagination.
Israeli-born magician Oz Pearlman, who was a finalist on last year's season of the show, has three pieces of advice for Brundage. Build on your act each week, always smile and make sure America is rooting for you. "You should have fun with it, because your good energy and the fact that you're enjoying it relates to the audience. They pick up on that. And that's what they want," Pearlman told us. "The audience wants to get behind someone that they like, that they can cheer for and that looks like they're having a good time."
We have no doubt that whether it's Brundage or Alfassi, if they're solving Rubik's Cubes in record times, audiences will be enjoying it no matter what decade it is.
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