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Ovation: One-Armed Push-Ups And A Rubik’s Cube.


An avid puzzle enthusiast, I’ve always been drawn to opportunities to solve a new conundrum.  Be it the old interlocking iron rings-type puzzle, crossword puzzles or the pegboard puzzles found on the tables at most Cracker Barrel restaurants.  One of my all-time favorite puzzles is the Rubik’s Cube.

First created in the mid-1970s by Erno Rubik, a Hungarian inventory, as a teaching tool to help students understand 3D objects, the cube’s purpose was to solve the structural problem of moving the parts independently without the entire cube falling apart.  The popularity of this toy made it hard to come by and, consequently, somewhat expensive when compared to the price of other puzzle games of the time.

When I finally got one of my own, I carried it with me everywhere, determined to solve it.  I would get frustrated, set it aside, forget about it for a days or weeks and then try again.  I knew people that could complete the puzzle but I could never do it.  Not until a friend took one apart and exposed the puzzles inner workings was I able to understand how it could be solved.

Not surprisingly, my interests in puzzle solving far outweighed my interest in physical education so this guy fascinates me.

Eventually, with lots of coaching, I was able to solve the Rubik’s cube.  I have not yet, however, successfully completed a one-armed push-up.

Have you ever solved a Rubik’s Cube?

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  1. Lene permalink

    No. I like to think of myself as a patient person, but 30 seconds with a Rubik’s Cube proves otherwise.


  2. What ^ Lene said….though I’d crack at about 15 seconds!


  3. No, but I can push a Rubik’s Cube away with one hand.


  4. No! I still have two cubes, one of which is a cheap, poorly-working knockoff, and a solve-it book, but I just don’t have the memory for all the steps. I get the top two layers, then stare like a fool at the messed-up bottom.


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