Heyyy, welcome to the GNAPcast! Well, it worked last time, so here we go again! Welcome to a very technical episode of the GNAPcast, where we switch roles and David gets to explain something very dear to his heart--Rubik's Cubes!

(Just a quick note, though: the records we talk about apparently get broken faster than our egos, so there will be a lot of outdated information in this episode. More on that below.)

From discussing numbers bigger than we can really comprehend to learning that "cubing" is apparently a verb, it's bound to be quite an experience this week in Season 1's penultimate episode! 



Extra Info and Updated Records --David

As of today, these are the most recent records and statistics on what we talked about...hopefully that doesn't change as soon as we upload the episode. Also, since speedcubing is extremely hard to explain in an audio podcast, here are some videos!

-World Cube Association Records

-Corner-cutting on a traditional 3x3 Rubik's Cube

-My in-competition personal best solve

-Fridrich method tutorial (and a much easier method)

-The current world record for a 7x7 solve (1:47.89) was set on July 20th of 2018 by Max Park.

-The current world record for a pyraminx solve is now 0.91 seconds, set by Dominik Górny.

-Marcin Maskow Kowalczyk (whose name I unfortunately couldn't pronounce in the episode) no longer holds the world record for multi-blind solves--that is now dually held by Shivam Bansal, completing 48 out of 48 correctly in 59 minutes 48 seconds; and Mark Boyanowski, completing 43 out of 44 correctly in an hour. On a side note, Maskow's non-competition, personal best multi-blind record is 49/50 in 58 minutes 25 seconds, which is still better than the world record despite being three years old at this point.

-Feliks' world record solve of 4.73 seconds has since been surpassed by Feliks himself--twice

-My fastest unofficial solve time is now 6.68 seconds. If you're curious, here is a link to my YouTube channel, where I do a lot of speedcubing reconstructions.

-Mats Valk's world-record single from 2013

-Juan Pablo Huanqui's record megaminx solve

-Max Park has set a lot of new world records lately! Here are just a few examples of what he's been up to: new single and average solves for 4x4, 5x5, 6x6, and 7x7s; a new one-handed 3x3 average time; and a new world record for the 2x2 to 7x7 relay! 

-Kevin Hays' underwater 3x3 world record

-A puzzle bigger than 22x22 does now exist! Check out the 33x33 here!

-Tony Fisher's "big cube" world record solve





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