Re: I wonder how many people have actually solved the cube?
The Git solved it and (almost) immediately lost interest in it. Only repeated it to demonstrate that I had solved it. Always thought there was something strange about the pursuit of speed: lubricating the damned thing with vaseline etc.
Mind you, my then new girlfriend and latterly ex-fianceé thought there was something strange about me waking in the middle of the night to test new strategies with the cube. Took around 2-3 months IIRC.