London, Jan 12 (ANI): An avid Rubik's Cube fan has finally solved the puzzle after 26 years' attempt.
Graham Parker from Portchester, Hants, was endlessly trying to solve the puzzle ever since he bought the Rubik's Cube in 1983.
After spending over 27,400 hours on it, he finally managed to complete the puzzle.
"I cannot tell you what a relief it was to finally solve it. It has driven me mad over the years - it felt like it had taken over my life," the Telegraph quoted him as saying.
"I have missed important events to stay in and solve it and I would lay awake at night thinking about it.
"Friends have offered to solve it for me and I know that you can find solutions on the web but I just had to do it myself.
"I have had wrist and back problems from spending hours on it but it was all worth it.
"When I clicked that last bit into place and each face was a solid colour I wept," he added.
His wife Jean said that the cube had frequently put a strain on their marriage, causing blazing rows between the pair.
She even admitted she at times felt as though there had been three people in their marriage for the past 26 years.
Ray Hodgkin of the governing body for Rubik's Cube competitions, the World Cube Association (WCA), said: "I think this is definitely the longest it has ever taken someone to complete a Cube.
"I am impressed by Graham's dedication - the Rubik's Cube can be a very frustrating thing. The WCA would like to congratulate him on his achievement," he added. (ANI)