John Evans

How I Met the Rubik’s Cube

John Evans (11, USA)

The story of how I discovered the Rubik’s cube is very interesting. When I was three or four years old, I would play with my dad’s old cube. Back then I didn’t really understand the functions and how the cube worked. To be honest, I don’t even know why I would play with it. I may have even “accidently” tried moving the stickers to solve it once or twice. This was probably the first step I took towards becoming the cuber I am today. Though I was never able to solve it, it was a lot of fun and kept me busy.

When I was nine years old, I went on vacation with my family. While we were away I saw a Disney Rubik’s picture cube. After I received the cube from my dad, I asked him to scramble it for me. I was frustrated and confused when I could not figure out how to solve it. I still remember laying in my bed, awake all night trying to solve it. When we got home I kept on trying to solve it. The results left me with no choice but to put it away. And so my cube sat, on my desk, for almost a year.

This past year, I started watching videos about the Rubik’s cube, but I still was not able to solve it. I was talking with my cousin when she told me of a website that taught you how to solve the cube. That is when I first solved it. I was disappointed though when it messed up how my picture cube looked. Determined to fix it, I watched more videos and finally I learned how to solve the picture cube. I was extremely excited. When I bought a pocket cube at Target I found out that I had an interest for twisty puzzles. Last month I received a Rubik’s speed cube for Easter. Later that day I lubricated it and adjusted the tensions to get my very own super-fast speed cube. Though it takes me a minute or so to solve it, I really enjoy the Rubik’s cube.

It would mean the world to me if I win this challenge, although I will be greatly happy for whoever wins if it is not me. Thank you so much for this opportunity!