Watch: 12yo solves Rubik's cube in under a minute

JOSIAH Eldridge knows how to think outside the box - or cube for that matter. The 12-year-old can solve the standard Rubik's cube in less than a minute.

His passion for the puzzle started in November.

He already owns eight different Rubik's cubes but says his next purchase could be a pyramid.

The Rubik's cube was created 28 years before Josiah was even born, but it's held him firmly in its grip since the first time he solved it.

"I saw a guy in America solve one in five seconds," he said. "I wanted to solve one that quick. Now I'm just trying to solve it as fast as I can."

Josiah Eldridge, 12, can solve a Rubik's Cube in under one minute.
Josiah Eldridge, 12, can solve a Rubik's Cube in under one minute. Tegan Annett

Josiah learned a "beginner's method" to solve a Rubik's and has since memorised several other strategies.

His first cube was solved without assistance in two days and "hundreds" of times later, he's mastered the art to under a minute.

"When I was in primary school, I took it in and from then on all my friends started buying them," Josiah said.

But none of them have beaten his time.

Parents Reg and Rebecca say their son's new hobby has enhanced his concentration and problem-solving skills.

"This takes him away from the trend of computer games," Rebecca said.

Josiah's best times:

  • 2x2: 20 seconds
  • 3x3: 40-50 seconds
  • 4x4: 5-6 minutes
  • Mega: 6-8 minutes


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