Saturday, April 10, 2010

Dude's a genius, yo

I have never in my life managed to solve a Rubik's cube. It's one of those tasks for which my brain was not built. I can tell you a lovely story, make you a nice cup of tea, fold your laundry, or wash your dishes, but when it comes to tasks requiring mental organisation I am useless.

Here's a video of my cousin, Shane, managing to make me feel useless in just 1 minute and 14 seconds. Without looking. My favourite part is the sign-language celebratory trash talking he does at the end.

(Obviously Shane is deaf. And obviously he is a genius. One of my favourite memories of him is from when he was a little boy and came into my grandparents' living room to sit directly in front of the television, thus enraging another of my cousins. That cousin started screaming at Shane -- despite knowing that he is deaf -- and, not surprisingly, Shane did nothing. Eventually I got up to go move him out of the way. But when I went to look him in the face I saw he was sitting there with an enormous mischievous grin, fully aware of the hysterics taking place behind him. You've got to love that.)


Anonymous said... can see the family resemblence

Tiffany said...

OMG. How did he do that without looking. I am beyond impressed!

Rose said...

And I love the story about the grin. It makes me giggle knowing that 'disability' to the fullest for his own amusement.
By the way, do you know what he's signing?

heatherfeather said...

Dude, that's CRAZY. And you guys do have a fair amount of similarity. Except for the Rubik's cube thing. I've got decent spatial reasoning but I cannot do that.

Chris Cope said...

Rose -- I'm afraid I don't know sign apart from extremely basic things like, "thank you," which he says at the end by touching his chin.

Huw said...

That is impressive. An old man in Treorchy once should me the system - similar, I suspect, to Shane's - to always solve the cube, and became increasingly exasperated when I still couldn't do it. He even wrote it all down, and I was still incapable. He's dead now.