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Solving Rubik's Cube in freefall while skydiving

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Published on Jun 6, 2007

On Sunday, May 4th, 2003, I jumped tandem (with an instructor) from 12,000 feet. This gave me only 30-40 seconds of freefall before we had to open the chute, which would be plenty of time in my living room, but it's a different story when you're hurtling toward the earth at 130 miles per hour (209 Km per hour)! I drilled a hole in one of the corner pieces, and tied the cube to my wrist in case I couldn't hold on to it. I trained a few times by leaning out of a car at 80 MPH on the highway. This was my first time jumping, but I actually was not very nervous about the skydiving part... I was only worried about whether or not I could do the cube. VH1 paid for me to jump, and they had a second camera-man diving next to us filming the whole thing. In the end, it took me about 32 seconds using the Fridrich method, no skipped steps, 8-turn orientation, 13-turn permutation. I had the diving instructor scramble it on the plane, which was also captured on video by a VH1 camera-man.

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