My young friend Noah is into the hard stuff, and that’s a little surprising for a 10-year-old. To be clear, I’m referring to Rubik’s Cube puzzles, not the hard stuff that leaves you with a hangover the next day.
Some of these are really complicated!
The regular cubes-
those that leave me scratching my head are child’s play for Noah.
Would you care to try the Rubik’s Snake Cobra, or the Triple Two by Two? Here’s a guaranteed headache – there’s a Chinese version that has a thousand cubes and they’re all the same color. What?? (They do have tiny braille-like designs on each square.)
Noah recently attended a Cube convention, and his fan club came along to cheer him on.
In case you hadn’t heard, there are Speed Clubs and Rubik’s competitions everywhere these days. Some are casual, low-stress events, while others are high stakes tournaments where “speed cubers” are flown around the world. These celebrities of the puzzle world are so good it makes your eyes spin. Catch this video of a boy in China who can solve three puzzles at once. Two with his hands and another with his feet.
Prizes range from scholarships and sponsorship deals, to cold hard cash. Some cubers build social media followings that can also be parlayed into big bucks.
Are you good at solving Rubik’s cubes? Are there dollar signs flashing in your eyes as you read this article? Who knows, maybe you could win big. You might even make enough to purchase a “Masterpiece Cube”. For a mere $2.5 million dollars you can own a Rubick’s Cube made from 18-karat gold and covered in gemstones. This purchase will not only make a hole in your wallet but will assure your entrance into to the CUBE CRAZY hall of fame.
The convention we attended was low key and stress-free, a fun competition with lots of awards and prizes. Noah didn’t win, but he didn’t lose either. He ended up comfortably in the middle, with plenty of room to grow.
And I think he had a great time.
Would you like to get involved in this brain-bending hobby? It’s easy, google Rubik’s Cube Clubs and you’ll find plenty of local options.