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Hypercubing community in-jokes

Like any niche internet community, we've accumulated some in-jokes over the years. In an effort to be welcoming to newcomers, here's a list of them!

This page is specifically for in-jokes that have been used by multiple people over a relatively long time, and wouldn't be obvious to newcomers.

My carrerr

On 2022-10-31, Grant did a one-handed solve of the physical 24 on a whim and immediately set a world record of 3:55.62, beating Rowan's prior record by two and a half minutes and breaking three minute barriers. In response:

Rowan: I worked so hard for my sub-7:00
Rowan: wth is this
Grant: first try too
Grant: lol
Grant: it's uploading rn
Rowan: wow
Grant: first sub 6, sub 5, and sub 4
Luna: rowan in shambles
Luna: what will he do
Rowan: my carrerr
Rowan: it's over

A graph of Rowan's carrerr, which starts by sloping upward and then curves downward. It ends in an arrow, implying that Rowan's carrerr will continue to decline.

Sticker soup

Hactar: You can always just make a soup of flat stickers with rules about how to move them around. It just becomes less and less usable. Physical 24 is special because the rules are fairly straightforward.

In the wake of the Rowan's video The Quest to Build a 4D Rubik's Cube, many people joined the server proposing "3D physical" puzzles, which are flat 2D constructions of 3D puzzles. Generally, hypercubers are only interested in these as a way to explain how 4D physical puzzles work, since "3D physical" puzzles aren't mathematically interesting in their own right and they're more difficult to use than real 3D puzzles. They tend to become a "soup" of stickers that move according to arbitrary rules, a generalization of twisty puzzles that throws away all geometric relations.

Luna: how many times do I have to say this
Luna: dimensional ๐Ÿ‘ analogies ๐Ÿ‘ don't ๐Ÿ‘ work ๐Ÿ‘ for ๐Ÿ‘ physical ๐Ÿ‘ puzzle ๐Ÿ‘ design ๐Ÿ‘

Designing physical versions of 4D+ puzzles is generally very difficult and is usually mathematically impossible to do well. In the end, most end up becoming sticker soup.

A soup of Rubik's cube stickers, generated by Rowan using some image-generation AI

Dunning-Kruger graph

From Dunning-Kruger effect - Wikipedia

The Dunningโ€“Kruger effect is a cognitive bias whereby people with low ability, expertise, or experience regarding a type of task or area of knowledge tend to overestimate their ability or knowledge.

The Dunning-Kruger effect is especially common in hypercubing, which lies at the intersection of puzzle theory and higher-dimensional geometry, two niche mathematical fields. Of course, you don't need to be an expert in math to solve 4D puzzles, but if you have no 4D mathematical foundations then your understanding will probably be wrong at first.

The Dunning-Kruger effect is sometimes described using this graph, where "competence" increases to the right and "confidence" increases upward:

An unlabeled graph starting with a steep slope up from zero to the top, followed by a bowl shape that covers the majority of the graph

Of course, in reality the effect is not quite so extreme, and varies from person to person.

Jambling

On 2023-01-03, in Hypercubers voice chat, a very sleepy Hactar mispronounced the word "jumbling" as "jambling." Since then, "jambling" has been used as a synonym for "jumbling."

Fake Anderson

On 2023-01-12, in Hypercubers voice chat, Hactar and Luna were conversing with Anderson Taurence. During that time, a user named Jedi Cabanna Boy (Andreas Thompson) joined and continued the conversation, and Anderson left. But their voices were similar enough that Hactar, who was distracted speedsolving 54, didn't notice the switch, and repeatedly addressed Jedi as Anderson. Luna noticed and did not correct him.

Once Hactar finally realized what was happening, Jedi changed their nickname on the server to Anderson (Beta), and later ๐Ÿ…ฑa n d e r s o n.

Cactus

On 2023-02-19, several members were brainstorming possible shapes for physical 5D puzzle pieces and named one of them "Cactus."

Banderson: then yeah I think (compound of four cubes)-generated tetragonal icositetrahedron is good; C4CTi or something
Banderson: C4QTi ?
troller: ๐ŸŒต
Banderson: oh wait no C4Ct.I
Banderson: or better yet I'll let akkei make a shorthand/pick a better name to describe it lol
troller: Cacti
Rowan: squeez cheezahedron
Grant: Your shape, your name akkei
Akkei: i still like the
Akkei: we Do Not Have A Scheme for the cactus
Grant: Cactus LOL
...
Grant: I don't care what actual name we end up giving it, I'm calling it cactus in this channel

Silence, derivative

In early 2018, at the 13th Gathering for Gardner, Melinda's physical 2x2x2x2 was shown to Ernล‘ Rubik himself. It was reported that his only comment was that none of the derivative puzzles matter and that only his original invention is important.

On the night of 2023-06-25, Kitcen lay awake, unable to sleep, their mind plagued with the thought of Ernล‘ Rubik with lasers coming out of his eyes to blow up a physical 24 while denouncing it and calling it "derivative."

30 minutes later, Akkei responded wordlessly with this image:

Exactly the exact image described above

Grant Standingslice

In earlier versions of hypercubing.xyz, individual letters such as R, F, etc. showed tooltips indicating their use in common notation. On 2023-01-06, Hactar posted a screenshot of the leaderboards page in which the "S" in "Grant S." had a tooltip that said "Standing slice (parallel to F)."

Hactar: Fun fact: the "S" in Grant's name stands for "Standing slice"

Mimcaf and Celse pign

Many hypercubers play Minecraft and Celeste, and have adopted common misspellings of those games. Akkei was the first to use "mimcaf" on 2022-12-03, and Rowan was the first to use the phrase "celse pign" on 2023-09-30 as a misspelling of "Celeste ping."