Attempt to build world's biggest Rubik's cube ends catastrophically

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Teenager Sets New World Record For Solving a Rubik's Cube

Strangely enough, Rubik's cubes made headlines twice this week.

The first time was when a 14-year-old American boy, Lucas Etter, solved the colorful puzzled in 4.90 seconds, setting a new world record. The second was on a less positive note, when an attempt to build the world's largest Rubik's cube ended with the puzzle exploding as it was turned for the first time.

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One of the hosts of the YouTube channel Coren Puzzle, which is dedicated to building and solving custom puzzles, live-streamed the final assembly of the cube.

The video was the culmination of seven months of construction, which included much deliberation on how to build the mechanism at the centre of the cube.

The resulting device? A mammoth 22x22 inch Rubik's Cube made up out of hundreds of separate 3D printed puzzles that revolve with a very complex movement system, reportedly costing around £130 to make.

The cube's maker said that he was planning to sell the device for around £3,300.

Well, at least that was the plan. The whole thing ultimately ended in disaster when the first attempt to turn a piece of the cube caused the entire structure to break up into tiny pieces.

Watch the tragedy unfold below (the action happens at 1:34:47):

Unfortunately, this isn't the first time Corenpuzzle's 22x22 Rubik's Cube exploded. A previous attempt made in August ended with similar tragedy.

You know what they say about flying too close to the sun, fellas.

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