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Laurier student attempts to break Rubik’s Cube world record
Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing
Oct 2/13| For Immediate Release
Lori Chalmers Morrison, Acting Director
WATERLOO – It’s not mid-terms on the mind of third-year business student and Residence Life Don Eric Limeback this week: the Laurier student is more concerned with keeping his wrists and arms limber and staying awake as he attempts to break the Guinness World Record for the most Rubik’s Cubes solved in 24 hours. The challenge begins at noon Oct. 3 in the Fred Nichols Campus Centre Concourse on Laurier’s Waterloo campus and concludes at noon Oct. 4.
Limeback, a world-class Rubik’s Cube competitor who has broken eight different national records since he began competing at the age of 14, is attempting to break the current Guinness World Record of 4,786 cubes solved in 24 hours by Milan Baticz of Hungary (the equivalent of one cube solved every 18 seconds).
“I’m a little nervous about the attempt,” said Limeback. “I’m mostly concerned about physically staying up for 24 hours while keeping the pace. Thankfully the attempt is in the centre of campus, so I’ll have friends and family coming by all day to show me support.”
Limeback will use up to 10 different Rubik’s Cubes in his attempt, and a team of volunteers will scramble the cubes in different configurations following randomly generated algorithms to ensure no two cubes are alike.
Limeback is currently ranked first in Canada for solving the Rubik’s Cube blindfolded in 38 seconds. He has made appearances on CTV’s Canada AM, CTV National, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Daily Planet and has been featured in the Toronto Star, the National Post and The Globe and Mail.
The event is sponsored by Lubix Cube, a small American company focused on creating world-class speed cubes. Lubix Cube provided 10 cubes for the event, and one of the owners, Donovan Cline, will attend the event. The world record challenge is also supported by members of the Laurier Rubik’s Cube Club.