Eric Limeback shatters Guinness world record

Most Rubik's cubes solved in 24 hours

Added 2013-10-04

Starting at 1 pm on October 3rd, Eric Limeback began solving Rubik's cubes in the concourse of a building on the Wilfrid Laurier University campus in an attempt to break the Guinness world record for most solves in 24 hours.

The attempt was streamed live on


A cheer from the fans as he hits a nice round number. 1000 cubes in about 4 hours is on pace to blow the Guinness record all to hell —

1000 cubes solved

Not only can the guy solve cubes quickly, he does it intuitively. That is to say, he can carry on conversations and tell jokes while doing it. "What did the farmer say when someone stole his citrus? You can keep the lemons but I want my lime back" —

I want my lime back

Confucious say time for break —

Time for break

At this point, I go to bed, while Eric keeps on solving.

It's now 5:30 in the morning. Under 8 hours to go, and that old Guinness record is TOAST, man.

Here, Eric gets a shoulder massage from his Mom, who was there for the entire attempt —

Shoulder massage by Mom

He did it!! With 4 hours to spare, Eric breaks the old record —

He did it!!

Note: the ticker across the bottom of the screen is manually updated, and not after every cube. It's incorrect here, and should say 19 hours, 53 minutes.

Half an hour to go... I get a feeling that he wants to beat the old record by 1000 —

Half an hour to go

It's lunch hour on the Laurier campus, and a large crowd gathers to cheer him on —

Large crowd down the stretch

For the 1000th cube over the old record, Eric memorizes the cube...

Memorizing 5786

... and solves it blindfolded!! —

Solving 5786 blindfolded

What an accomplishment. But there's still a few minutes left on the 24-hour clock —

Perfect 5786

Eric finishes the 5800th cube with less than a second left —

5800 Rubik's cubes in 24 hours

Needless to say, Eric's Dad is incredibly proud of him.


Additional media and links

CTV News in Kitchener sent a camera crew but they filed their report before the 24 hours was up -- CTV Kitchener news clip. Of particular interest was the interview with Donovan Cline, owner of Lubix Cube ("world class speed cubes"), sponsor of the event, who said:

It puts it into a realm of solving where about 100 people in the world are capable of doing what it is that he's doing, to even have a chance to get this record. So he's pushing the competition level up so high that there may not be room for anybody else to take the risk of "Do I want to take this on, spend 24 hours, to not get the new record?" That's where he's pushing the bar to today.

Here's a youtube video of the fabulous 1000th blindfold solve —

If no video appears above, view Eric Limeback celebrates GWR+1000 cubes with blindsolve on Youtube.

Here's a youtube video of the last 2 minutes of the 24 hours —

If no video appears above, view Last two minutes of Eric Limeback's GWR - 5800 cubes in 24 hours on Youtube.

Here's a somewhat longer youtube video that tells the story of the entire attempt at Laurier —

If no video appears above, view Eric Limeback sets the new Guinness Record on Youtube.

Eric then went on reddit to do an "AMA" (ask me anything) — I just broke the Guinness World Record for the most Rubik's Cubes solved in 24 hours. AMA!

The Weather Network (huh?) also did a video and story on the event — Laurier student solves 5,800 Rubik's cubes in 24 hours.

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