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Old 01-12-2009, 06:54 AM   #1
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Man solves Rubik's Cube after 26 years

Jan 12, 2009

A man has matched up the bricks of his Rubik's Cube — 26 years after purchasing it.

Graham Parker suffers wrist and back injuries from his decades of twisting the cult toy and admits to weeping when he finally matched everything up, the UK's Metro reports.

"It felt like it had taken over my life," he was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

"I have missed important events to stay in and solve it, and would lie awake at night thinking about it."

His wife Jean says Graham was already obsessed when they met and the toy was like a third person in their marriage.

"I have often thought about getting rid of it but I knew he would not rest until he had solved it," she said.

A spokesman for the World Cube Association said it was "definitely the longest it has taken" to finish the cube.

By comparison, Dutchman Erik Akkersdijk holds the world record for solving the puzzle in 7.08 seconds.

The Cube was invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor Erno Rubik and has sold 300 million worldwide.

The game is so popular, it has even triggered the formation of Cubaholics — a support group for those obsessed with the game.

Man solves Rubik's Cube after 26 years
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Old 01-12-2009, 07:01 AM   #2
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26 years of frustration
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Old 01-12-2009, 07:04 AM   #3
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LOL I remember the Cube Craze, LOL! aww what a sweet story

Oh my those were the days, along with the 7-up and Coca Cola Yo-Yo craze and all the spins my mates were trying to do!
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Wow, that's pretty bad. Everyone usually solves them within a year or so. How can you stand doing that for 26 years? I'd go crazy and throw the thing away!

Or just take off the stickers and re-apply them in the correct way.
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Wow. There's YouTube videos out there that walk you through it. My boss had one and I messed it up real bad so we were trying to fix it before he got back. Ended up giving it to another co-worker who knows the algorithms and does them in about 20 seconds.
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This guy has some issues, not only is he obsessive but he's slow...
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not only is he obsessive but he's slow...
Sounds like Free Your Mind material
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Wow I don't think I will ever have enough patience to solve such a puzzle...
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I pity the long-suffering wifey. I would've stuffed that cube up his ass and then filed for divorce on grounds of adultery with an inanimate object. But as it turns out, she knew what she was getting into, essentially making them two peas in a pod. I guess it's a good thing she never did throw the cube away ... apparently it would have been the equivalent of chopping off his member while he slept ... and I doubt a marriage could ever recover from something that traumatic.
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In comparison, here's a three year old Chinese girl who did it in 114 seconds:

YouTube - 3 Year Old Solves Rubik's Cube in 114 seconds
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... and all of 1983 is duly impressed.
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His wife Jean says Graham was already obsessed when they met and the toy was like a third person in their marriage.

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Oh, how many women can say that?
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this is probably one of the sadest things I have read about in a while...
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The Chinese girl. Wow. Just. Wow. I don't know if that's a good or a bad thing lol


When you meet someone and you know he's obsessed with a puzzle, how can someone put up with that for 26 years? I would never let any toy become more important than me in a relationship, and no comments on how that just sounded
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26 years?! Ok just a tad bit obsessive there. I have no patience at all so I would have thrown the damn thing away after 5 minutes lol,jk.

Quite impressive with the 3 year old I must say
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