Originally posted by Paul Wheaton: Have you ever solved the cube?
Yes, and my fastest was under 50 seconds, in actualy competition. I first solved in in January 1980, 1 hour before the super bowl. I also think i was one of the first to solve it, since it wasn't till almost a year later that you started to hear reports of someone solving it, and about 2 years till those books started to come out.
Oh, and I have finished a cube multiple times using the layer method (the way of the cheat manual that comes with them). I think my fastest time was around 33 seconds but that was simply because most of it simply fell into place on its own.
It was great for meeting girls as a teenager. Most girls were convinced they could screw it up bad enough that I couldn't figure it out. The Rubik's I could solve - it was everything else I couldn't figure out.