By Andrew Liszewski
While robotic Rubik’s Cube solvers like the Tilted Twister take the tedium out of properly arranging all those colored squares, they’re not exactly the fastest solution to the problem. Believe it or not humans still have the advantage when it comes to quickly solving a Rubik’s Cube, and the current world record stands at just 9.18 seconds.
And if you’ve been trying to shave a few precious seconds off your own cube solving time, the official Rubik’s Speed Cubing Kit has a few completely legal tricks to help you out. (And by legal I mean by world record standards. I don’t think there’s any country in the world who’s gone to the trouble of setting up anti-Rubik’s tampering legislation.) The kit includes a bottle of lubricant to help reduce the friction on the moving parts, and a couple of screwdrivers for loosening up the joints. There’s even a small manual on how to become a professional cuber, but apparently that dream requires you to know how to read Japanese.