Over the weekend, SeungBeom Cho, a Korean teenager, set a new Rubik’s Cube world record by solving the popular puzzle in a mind-blowing 4.59 seconds. Cho was so fast, most people around him didn’t even realize the record had broken.
Cho broke the record at the World Cube Association’s ChicaGhosts in Chicago. As the footage of the event shows, Cho flipped the puzzle so quickly that almost nobody around him noticed history being made. Once Cho realizes how fast he solved the Rubik’s Cube, he stands up to begin celebrating. Only then do people start to notice what he just pulled off. After a few seconds, everyone begins to cheer and high fives abound.
The previous Rubik’s Cube record was set less than two months ago when Patrick Ponce solved the Cube in 4.69 seconds. Now, the record solely belongs to Cho and his quick fingers. To help curious viewers out, Cho tries to explain the specific technique he used for his record solve in the description of the video but it will basically come across as jibberish unless you are familiar with Rubik’s Cube strategies.
Maybe more impressive than the record is the fact that everyone around Cho seems genuinely happy for him. Usually, in a competitive setting, you might expect people to be bitter at someone else’s success but everyone on screen truly seems to just be excited that they got to witness a new record. In a world full of anger and pettiness, seeing these teens and kids simply geek out because of their love for solving Rubik’s Cubes as quickly as possible is really great.