Speedcubing is the sport of solving a classic Rubik's Cube -- or a related combination puzzle -- in the shortest amount of time possible. And, no, it is not for the faint of heart. The new Netflix documentary on this subject, The Speed Cubers, dives headfirst into the friendly but competitive speedcubing culture. The 40-minute film is one of three new documentary shorts debuting on Netflix this summer. The Speed Cubers centers on a couple of professional competitors who go head-to-head at the World Cube Association World Championship in Melbourne, Australia, in 2019.
Europe has a new speedcubing champion, Germany's Phillip Weyer. Weyer solved a Rubik's cube puzzle in an average time of 7.88 seconds in the Rubik's Cube European Championship 2016. The 2016 Championship held in Prague, Czech Republic, is the seventh Rubik's Cube European Championship. It had 18 categories, including the main category of the classic 3x3 cube, solving the cube blindfolded or only using the feet. Weyer told Reuters that it took years of hard work to get to the top.
A 23-year-old'professional speedcuber' has set a new world record by completing a Rubik's Cube in just 4.59 seconds. Korean SeungBeom Cho solved the 3D puzzle in his first round at the World Cube Association's ChicaGhosts 2017 event in Chicago, smashing his previous personal best of 6.54 seconds. Footage of Mr Cho's attempt shows him given just a few seconds to examine the cube before starting, completing it just moments later. A series of UK records have been broken by quick-fingered Rubik's Cube solvers at the UK championships held in Stevenage, Hertfordshire on Sunday. Competitors as young as seven tackled the notoriously tricky cubes one-handed, blindfolded and even with their feet in a bid to become the top gamers of the weekend.
WATERLOO, BELGIUM – U.S. first lady Melania Trump attended a violin and piano concert at a top music academy near the Belgian capital on Wednesday along with other spouses and partners of world leaders attending a NATO summit. Mrs. Trump, who joined President Donald Trump on a weeklong trip to Europe, and 10 other spouses were given a tour of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, near Brussels, before the concert. They also viewed an exhibit of hats by Belgian designer Fabienne Delvigne and were offered delicacies created by Herman Van Dender, a pastry maker and chocolatier who is the official supplier to the Belgian royal house. Mrs. Trump, 48, wore a navy blue sleeveless Calvin Klein calf-length dress with white and green detail on one collarbone and white Christian Louboutin heels with their trademark red soles. Klein is an all-American fashion house but its chief creative officer, Raf Simons, is Belgian.
Worshippers at Asbury University's Hughes Auditorium gather Feb. 14, 2023, part of what participants are calling the "Asbury revival." An evangelical service in Wilmore, Kentucky has been celebrating nonstop for 10 days in what many of its participants are calling a "revival." The event is being held at Asbury University -- a small Christian college -- and has seen participants fly in from across the country to participate as it enters its tenth straight day of worship. The movement began after students refused to leave following a chapel service last Wednesday, and the services have since grown to pack the school's chapel with worshipers from all over the country, according to Christianity Today. Students raise their hands during a service in the chapel at Asbury University, which has seen participants flocking in nationwide to witness its revival.