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Student Solves Rubik's Cube While Juggling
Most of us struggle with a Rubik's Cube at the best of times but Ravi Fernando has taken the puzzle to a whole new level by solving it while juggling it with two balls.
The 21-year-old Mathematics student has become an internet sensation after his amazing feat - completed in around a minute and a half - appeared on the Humans of Stanford Facebook page.
Dubbed Sir Ravi The Juggler by his friends, the undergraduate's achievement was viewed on Facebook more than 20,000 times in a day.
His efforts have prompted hundreds of comments - most of them just one word - "awesome" or "amazing".
But Steve Pearson suggested he could be the man to solve America's current fiscal issues: "I say we put Ravi in charge of solving our national budget problems.
"Anyone who can juggle like that would make a great secretary of the Treasury. I can see him now juggling in front of the Senate finance committee as they try to grill him on policy issues."
Mum Leslie Finnegan Conn added: "When my son first met Ravi in high school, he was already solving one cube in each hand ... in two minutes."
Ravi, who hails from Kirksville, Missouri, has a history of Rubik's Cube success.
He has achieved a run of wins and top 10 finishes in Rubik's Cube competitions across the US, according to the World Cube Association website.
On its website Stanford University, which also features the video, says its "research and teaching stresses interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving".
One of the world's leading research universities, it is "known for its entrepreneurial character, drawn from the legacy of its founders, Jane and Leland Stanford, and its relationship to Silicon Valley".
Areas of excellence range from the humanities to social sciences to engineering and the sciences.
It adds: "Stanford is located in California's Bay Area, one of the most intellectually dynamic and culturally diverse areas of the nation."
The university is one of the most prestigious in the United States boasting nearly 17,000 students and 19 Nobel laureates on the current staff.
The Rubik's Cube was invented in 1974 by Hungarian Erno Rubik, a sculptor and professor of architecture. Since then more than 350 million have been sold worldwide.
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