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If Only More Math Students Had This Much Perseverance!

Graham Parker is 45 years old and lives in Portchester, England. After 26 long years of frustration (27,400 hours to be more exact), he has finally solved the Rubik's Cube he randomly rearranged in 1983. In his words: "When I clicked that last bit and each face was a solid colour I wept."

"I cannot tell you what a relief it was to finally solve it," Parker adds, 'It has driven me mad over the years--it felt like it had taken over my life....I have missed important events to stay in and solve it and I would lie awake at night thinking about it...I have had wrist and back problems from spending hours on it but it was all worth it!"

Not sure his wife Jean agrees, claiming it had "felt like there had been three people in their marriage...When I met Graham, he was already obsessed with the cube--spending hours on it every day...I have often thought about getting rid of it but I knew he would not rest until he had solved it."

The World (Rubik's) Cube Association believes Graham's "epic effort" is a record...but it seems like it would be easily breakable (given ample time...and purposeful delay). Since the fastest time to solve a Rubik's Cube is 7.08 seconds by Dutchman Erik Akkersdijk, their combine winner's average time is just under 26 years!