## cube maketh a person?

### December 6, 2006

Yesterday, my friend was playing with (trying to solve) Rubik’s cube, and I got re-fascinated by it. Childhood flashback: I remember I took it apart to find out what made it work that way, the mechanism inside fascinated me more than the cube itself. And now, I am a mechanical engineer.

That got me thinking, does the direction of curiousity tell anything about the person’s penchant for a particular discipline? Here are some generalisations that my demented mind churned out, and named it aptly “Pavan’s Theory on babies and cubes”:

If you give a Rubik’s cube to a baby, and if he breaks it apart, then he is destined to become a mechanical engineer, like the humble me.

• If the baby throws the cube, and tries to catch it, or throws it for the dog to catch and bring it back, he would be a sportsperson.
• If the baby throws the cube at the baby-next-cradle, then accept the fact that it would be a terrorist
• If the baby asks the baby-next-cradle to solve the cube.. first politely, and then taking its milk bottle as ransom, then it would grow up to become a manager
• If the baby uses the cube to reach to the mirror by stepping on it, then it would be a super-model
• If the baby hides the cube within 4 seconds, by hiding it in the diapers, then he has two options: becoming a magician like David Copperfield or a famous thief/con like Daniel Ocean
• If the baby instantly starts solving the cube, then either he is a genius, or a good actor.
• If the baby takes out the color stickers and puts them in order (instead of solving it), then beware.. you have a hacker-baby!
• If the baby trades the cube for a farex can or a milk-bottle, then he could be a politician or a successful businessman.
• If the baby expects incentives like kisses or undue attention from the people around, to get him started with solving the cube, he shall be a Government officer (or politician?)
• If the baby starts documenting about the cube, without even knowing what it is supposed to do with it, then it would be a great Bureaucrat.
• If the baby instantly starts googling for the cube-solving-algorithms, then you have a programmer-baby or a grad student in the making!
• If the baby tries to insert the cube up its nose, then you have a budding comedian!

And, last but not the least, if the baby starts chewing the cube, then worry not, you have a normal baby! All the others (above) were abnormal psychos/freaks.

### 19 Responses to “cube maketh a person?”

1. Ashwin Says:

Really funny, good analysis..to advice you, publish them in some new mothers magazines..it will be of great help and fun for them.

2. shark Says:

If the baby sees the cube and starts “goo goo gaa gaa bla blu” then it’s going to be a great blogger.

If the baby simply chews it.. it’s going to be a blogger named shark π

3. Srikanth Says:

I liked this…
I guess my daughter would do this. Let me try it out on her.

# If the baby takes out the color stickers and puts them in order (instead of solving it), then beware.. you have a hacker-baby!

4. vin Says:

he he he.. too gud…
i will pass this on to all the mothers to be.
But, my momd doesn’t remember what i did.. :-).. that is y maybe i have become a blogger .. :-p

5. Pavan Says:

[Ashwin] thanks!

[shark] “If the baby simply chews it.. itβs going to be a blogger named shark..”

I beg to differ.. but it should be “If the baby goes kkkkkk-cube, then the baby would be the blogger named Shark”, right? π

[Srikanth] I am sure your daughter is a cute baby.. dont go by my mindless ramblings.. but if she would be a hacker.. then beware of your online bank accounts showing “unknown purchases” of Barbie dolls π

[Vin] thanku.. you would have become a blogger if you had blogged when you were a baby at baby.blogspot.com with a post titled “What is this wierd thing?”, mood: “curious”

6. […] Pavan Kumar believes that the behavior of babies when presented with Rubik’s cubes can be used to determine their aptitude and predict the course of their career. Amusing read. […]

7. gorrepati Says:

Where did that come from? Too good a post dude! We have a writer in the making here… Hacker-to-be and Manager-to-bes are very good π

8. Suyog Says:

ROFL – Will check back when the time comes (& of course if your domain still exists then :P)

S

9. Just Mohit Says:

“If the baby starts documenting about the cube, without even knowing what it is supposed to do with it, then it would be a great Bureaucrat.”

Yeah, and in the current environment, he/she could easily be a SOX/Internal Audit person (Bureaucrats in private sector)

10. Vic Cheng Says:

wonderful article!!

11. Jo Says:

That was a cool analysis…!
Will surely try this on my little one once he is out, for an insight into his possible career…:-)

12. Guess how this grad student found your blog? Googling for Rubik’s tips. Welcome to the Twilight Zone…

13. dineshbabu Says:

Fantastic one ! loved it !

14. Nidhee Says:

and when you have baby who looks at it and goes… boooo boooooooooo about it… its a blogger in the making ;-).

nice and witty.

15. Mysorean Says:

Heh heh.. Good one! π

16. Manju Says:

Very much intersting article for those who are in the Rubik’s Cube world

17. my baby dropped it on his forehead and it made him bleed. my advice don’t give a baby a rubix cube while laying down.

18. billy bob Says:

what if the baby throws it at you and then starts beating you up

(thats what mine did)

19. Priya Says:

lol.hilarious.high time you have a baby! π