Peruse YouTube for a couple minutes, and you’ll find hundreds of videos showcasing sub-20-second speedsolving. You may even stumble onto Feliks setting his 5.66 second world record. Crazy impressive on all sorts of differents levels. Good for him. Not the least bit of enmity or jealousy on my end.
But dig a little deeper and you’ll find, as I did, something more sinister: a clip of Justin Bieber on Spanish TV solving a cube in 1:26. While I find his music beyond abhorrent, I can at least appreciate that the kid has some singing and dancing talent. Good for you, Justin. But I simply could not allow myself to be out-cubed by the pretty-boy. Not competitive by nature, I succumbed to an unusual, embarrasing, almost preternatural drive to beat him. Then, after two weeks of further practice, I did:
Take that, Biebs.