Man travels world getting people from different countries to solve Rubik's Cube

Nuseir Yassin began the project after graduating from Harvard in 2014.
By Evan Bleier  |  Aug. 14, 2014 at 5:00 PM
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- A man who graduated from Harvard College a few months back in May decided to go on a trip and see some of the world before moving on to his next challenge.

Instead of going with a friend, Nuseir Yassin decided he would make some along the way by bringing along a Rubik's Cube.

Yassin, who spent two months visiting 11 countries, decided he would ask strangers in each place he visited to help him solve the three-dimensional puzzle and film the interaction.

He videotaped people in countries like Vietnam, Russia, England, Israel and Thailand each making a single move that he had pre-determined and eventually the puzzle was complete.

"When I asked people to do their move, I told them which move they have to take," Yassin told the Huffington Post. "It's basically impossible to have people know what move to make if you just hand them a Rubik's Cube and say 'go.'"

When all was said and done, Yassin had gotten 84 people (30 women, 54 men), one snake and one monkey to help solve the cube. According to a post he made with a YouTube video of the stunt, Yassin claims he was only rejected once.

In case you were wondering how he plotted out the solution:

"I started solving the cube using the F2L method. To solve the last layer, I used a 6-step algorithm multiple times to get to the cross and then a 9-step algorithm for OLL and finally a 15-step algorithm for PLL."

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