26 Years Later, Man Finally Solved Rubik's Cube

You've got to admire Graham Parker's persistence: after 26 year's worth of attempts, he has finally solved his Rubik's cube:

Delighted Graham, 45, from Portchester, Hants, has been tirelessly trying to solve the riddle of the Cube since he bought the toy in 1983.

Married dad-of-one Graham has endured endless sleepless nights and after more than 27,400 hours he finally managed to conquer his personal Everest.

Builder Graham said: "I cannot tell you what a relief it was to finally solve it. It has driven me mad over the years - it felt like it had taken over my life. I have missed important events to stay in and solve it and I would lay awake at night thinking about it. Friends have offered to solve it for me and I know that you can find solutions on the web but I just had to do it myself. I have had wrist and back problems from spending hours on it but it was all worth it. When I clicked that last bit into place and each face was a solid colour I wept."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/4217732/Rubiks-Cube-finally-solved-after-26-years-by-avid-fan.html


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I started a rubiks cube when I was a kid. I have never finished it and I don't plan to. So when I die years from now without ever solving a rubiks cube will I have beaten this record?
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I love the idea that someone has wasted 26 years trying to accomplish something that so many others have accomplished more efficiently or at least faster, in the process missing "major life events," and this is considered "neat."

Is there an article soon planned for a man who spent 55 years buying 90 lottery tickets a week, just to never win?
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