There's a new Rubik's Cube champion in the house. Pennsylvania teen Collin Burns solved a three-by-three-by-three Rubik's Cube in an astonishing 5.25 seconds, shaving a whopping 0.3 seconds off the previous world record set in 2013 by Dutch speedsolver Mats Valk. Burns, a home-schooled 15-year-old, set his record at a World Cube Association competition on Saturday at Central Bucks West High School.
"0.3 seconds might not seem like a remarkable amount of time, but when you consider that there are 43 quintillion possible positions for a Rubik’s Cube to be in, the ability that someone is able to complete one anywhere near that fast is simply mind blowing," Rubiks.com, the official website of the multicolored 3-D combination puzzle, said in a blog post.
"Incredulity," Burns said in an email to TODAY on Monday describing his reaction. "It has taken a while to sink in."
You can see (and hear) Burns' colleagues erupt in joyous screams and cheers as he nails the record-setting feat:
Kian D. Barry, a World Cube Association representative, confirmed to TODAY that Burns officially broke the record for the three-by-three-by-three single solve category.
"As the WCA Delegate, I can confirm that the time is valid and is the new world record. We have a process after every competition in which we double-check times and other technical information so that our information is accurate. The results will be finalized very soon," Barry said in an email.
Rubik's Cube was invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and architecture professor Erno Rubik and became a bestselling toy in the 1980s. Rubik's Cube consists of 26 smaller cubes that rotate on a central axis. The goal is to manipulate the cubes so that each side of the full cube is a single color.