Video: Minn. teen Rubik's cube whiz solves puzzle in 2 seconds


How long does it take you to pick up a pen? Drink a sip of coffee? Send a tweet?

Sixteen-year-old Christopher Olson, of Scandia, Minn., can solve a 2-x-2 Rubik's cube puzzle in less time.

The Pioneer Press reports that Olson recently set a world record at a Rubik's cube competition in Dixon, Ill., solving the 2-x-2 cube puzzle five times with an average time of 2.08 seconds. (He's also a whiz with the traditional 3-x-3 cube; his record is 6.04 seconds and the world record is 5.66 seconds.)

Competitors in Rubik's contests are given 15 seconds to ponder the cube prior to starting it, and in that time, Olson memorizes the moves he needs to make, the newspaper reports. He says about two hours of daily practice – and his thin, fast hands – give him an advantage. It's hard to believe without seeing it:

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