A new world record for solving the three-by-three-by-three Rubik's Cube has been established by Harleysville teen Collin Burns.
At the Doylestown Spring 2015 Competition sponsored by the World Cube Association held at Central Bucks West High School, Burns solved a three-by-three-by-three Rubik's Cube in 5.25 seconds to much fanfare. The previous record of 5.55 seconds had been held since 2013 by Mats Valk of the Netherlands.
A YouTube video of Burns' feat shows the teen examine the cube before being timed as he solved it rapidly. When he finished and threw the cube down, the crowd around Burns went wild.
WCA delegate Tim Reynolds, who did not see Burns' record-breaking Rubik's Cube solution but was notified of it soon thereafter, said he believes the Guinness Book of World Records will likely include Burns' solve in its next edition.
The Rubik's Cube is the most commonly used three-by-three-by-three puzzle and has three rows and three columns with three of each color square.
Burns also won the U.S. National Rubik's Cube Championship last summer. Prior to Burns' record-breaking solve, the last time an American held the record was in 2006, when a time of 10.48 seconds was posted, Reynolds said.