Monday, December 5, 2011

amazing machines

what it is: rube goldberg to the nth degree
where i found it: see below

Ruben Garrett Lucius Goldberg

One of my high school physics class assignments was to build a Rube Goldberg machine. That is, a very complex machine that perform a simple task, such as lighting a match. Twenty years later I got an email from one of my old classmates with the below video, showing a most ridiculously elaborate Rube Goldberg machine. The song is not very good, so turn it down and turn up something you like while you watch. In case you're curious, Ruben Goldberg was a cartoonist from the early part of the 20th century who liked to draw up these kind of contraptions, sometimes with a political twist, controversial to the point that his children had to change their names to avoid harassment by the authorities.