You’re too old to solve the cube!
The Rubik’s cube has been around for nearly 50 years, invented in 1974 by Ernő Rubik. It became an instant hit. The cube appeals to people of all ages and skill levels, and has become one of the best-selling toys of all time. The challenge of solving the cube has also made it a popular puzzle competition, but more on that in a future article!
But are you too old to solve the cube? Let’s take a look at some senior solvers!
The Oldest Solver Record Holder
The Guinness World Record for oldest Rubik’s Cube solver is currently held by a 101-year-old woman named Lillian Oppenheimer from Birmingham, England. She set the record at 100 years and 311 days old when she solved her first cube in under two minutes. Impressive!
Other Senior Solvers
In addition to Lillian Oppenheimer, there are many other seniors around the world who have mastered the art of solving a Rubik’s Cube. In 2015, 91-year-old retiree David Fung became an internet sensation after he posted videos on his YouTube channel showing off his skills at solving a cube in under two minutes. Another senior solver is 90-year-old Carlos Arteaga from Venezuela who has been solving cubes since he was 84 and can now solve them in less than three minutes.
Senior Cubers Clubs
There are also cubing clubs specifically for seniors that provide an opportunity for like-minded individuals to get together and practice their skills. For example, the Boston Senior Cubers Club meets regularly to discuss strategies, practice new techniques, and even compete against each other in friendly competitions. There are similar groups popping up all over the world as seniors discover this amazing pastime!
It turns out that age really is just a number when it comes to mastering the Rubik’s Cube! Whether you’re 8 or 108, if you put your mind to it you can learn how to solve this classic puzzle game with enough practice and patience. If you want to give it a try yourself (or if you just want some inspiration) be sure to check out some of these incredible senior solvers! You won’t believe what they can do with those tiny colored blocks!
Do you want to solve the cube?
Here are my two favourite youtube instruction videos. I currently use a combination of these – I solve the white layer with video 1, and use video 2 for the rest.
But first, you’re going to have to buy a cube. If finding a game shop or toy store is not easy for you, here is an Amazon link for you. Purchase from Amazon and you’ll have your cube within a few days.
In a future article we’ll talk about Cube Competitions and Cube Variations. Enjoy!