About a year ago last march, a robot called the Sub1 solved a Rubik’s Cube in 0.637-seconds, earning it the Guinness World Record for being the fastest cube-solving bot. That honor now appears to be in jeopardy, however, as a pair of engineers have demonstrated a new robot that can solve a Rubik’s Cube in almost half…
Do you love puzzles? Probably not as much as conceptual artist Martin John Callanan does. This mind-numbing, 11-minute timelapse shows him spending an entire work day painstakingly reassembling a five-pound mis-printed note that the Bank of England shredded to tiny bits.
You’ve got one level of Harry Potter fandom where enthusiasts re-read the books and re-watch the movies again and again. And then you’ve got David Lundell’s level of fandom, which inspired him to build a gorgeous, wooden Potter-themed coffee table complete with secret compartments you need a magic wand to open.
When you sit down to assemble a puzzle, even one with thousands of pieces, you at least have a photo of the completed image to work towards. But thanks to some clever mathematics, this Infinite Galaxy Puzzle can be assembled in any direction, or in any shape, leaving you without much guidance on how to put it together.
The only downside to finding a really good book to read is that it will be over before you want it to be. But that won’t be the case with puzzle designer Brady Whitney’s Codex Silenda. Even though the wooden book only has five pages, you’ll need to solve a complex mechanical puzzle on each one before you can turn to…
NASA has spotted something strange and beautiful in the sands of Mars—a remarkable dune field that looks eerily similar to Morse code. And it has a message for us.
Occasionally you come across a video that’s so satisfying to watch that your brain never wants you to close the tab. That’s what Dutch puzzle designer Oskar van Deventer has managed to create with this complex web of 19 magic gears that are all somehow able to rotate against each other without completely locking up.
Feliks Zemdegs solved his 5x5 cube at Melbourne Cube Day in 44.837 seconds. And the crowd went not at all wild.
Some of us prefer to relax with activities that turn our brains to goo, while others like to kick back with a real challenge. That’s why puzzles exist, and other brain twisting nightmares like these impossibly complex mazes that took their creator over seven years to draw by hand.
If coloring books were somehow able to make a miraculous comeback in a time when even watches are an entertaining distraction, there’s no reason that connect-the-dots puzzles can’t be popular again too. And there’s no better person than the most-famous Kardashian to help bring connect-the-dots back into the spotlight.
Because apparently a regular-sized Rubik’s Cube wasn’t already enough of a challenge, Tony Fisher built himself a version that’s over five feet long on each side. Even just bringing it out to play looks like a monumental struggle, let alone the back-breaking challenge that is trying to solve it.
This one’s a doozy in that there is a lot going on. The goal is simple, you need to escape a collapsing tunnel with a group of nine people (including yourself). It’s all the other variables that confuse things.
There are as many ways for people to relax as there are for them to get stressed. Some like to spend countless hours assembling puzzles, while others prefer the meticulousness of maintaining a beautiful zen garden. But imagine how relaxed you’d be doing both of those hobbies at the same time.
It’s easier to dedicate yourself to solving a complex maze when in the back of your mind you know that should frustrations arise, you’ll be able to simply hurl it across the room for some instant stress relief. Shouldn’t all puzzles be as relaxing?
Does the shape of a Rubik’s Cube affect how hard it is to solve? At first glance you’d assume the irregularly-shaped pieces of this R2-D2 rotating puzzle would make it easy to put back together, but before you know it, you could have a real mess of droid parts on your hands.