- Former Cape cop faces stealing-by-deceit charge (6/18/17)3
- Jackson scores high in survey of residents; better streets, Aldi are high priorities (6/20/17)4
- Jackson woman accused of trying to hit another with her truck (6/15/17)
- Marble Hill mayor hires city manager without board approval (6/21/17)2
- Police search for two suspects in abduction, robbery case; victim found unharmed in Scott County field (6/16/17)1
- Cape man faces charges of victim tampering (6/18/17)
- Racial disparity of traffic stops inches upward in Cape (6/15/17)6
- Police: Cape abduction may have ties to Georgia homicide (6/18/17)5
- 3 drown in Southeast Missouri in three days (6/16/17)
- Two men accused of selling meth to undercover cop (6/22/17)
Fingers fly and colors swirl: Rubik's cube makes a comeback
How long does it take you to solve a Rubik's Cube? Though you probably haven't touched the multicolored puzzle since grade school, Rubik's Cube enthusiasts are helping the obsession-encouraging plastic contraption make a global comeback.
Still can't remember? It's a three-dimensional fetish object with rotating tiles that can be scrambled into 43 quintillion combinations.
The goal of the puzzle is to return the cube to its original position, so that nine squares of the same color make up each face of the cube.
Easier said than done.
Earlier this month, Leyan Lo, a 20-year-old physics major at the California Institute of Technology, solved the cube in 11.13 seconds at the international Rubik's Cube competition in San Francisco, setting a new world record.
Ever since a Hungarian named Erno Rubik invented the cube in 1974, speed cubers from around the world have been addicted.
Popularity peaked in the early 1980s and waned quickly, but cube communities online have brought it back. Now tournaments are attracting a new generation.