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Go Rube Goldberg

A Rube Goldberg machine is a crazy device that uses incredible and unneccssary complexity to accomplish simple tasks. The British equivalent is a “Heath Robinson Device”.

In both cases we’re not talking about actual inventors but cartoonists and illustrators who crafted up images about these strange machines. Rube Goldberg himself is also listed as an “inventor”, although that seems to be around games.

In any case it’s quite a nice legacy, and with the great pandemic lockdowns still happening around the world some people clearly have had too much time on their hands inventing crazy devices, such as the Squirrel Obstacle Course created by a former NASA engineer.

Or this one!

Written by Tom Hunter

December 18, 2020 at 6:08 am

Posted in Humour, Science, Technology

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  1. Nice “machine”. My favourite computer game was TIM (the incredible machine) which was based around building stuff like this on screen for a variety of building blocks.

    Herewith a couple of clips from the tube of you showing high tech and low tech approaches. and


    December 18, 2020 at 8:16 am

  2. Cool post, We especially liked the ‘next f level’ in the last link in the post.
    (obviously someone had way too much time on their hands)


    December 18, 2020 at 11:03 am

  3. Andrei

    December 20, 2020 at 7:31 am

    • I think that’s the same guy who built the squirrel obstacle course that I linked to.

      Tom Hunter

      December 20, 2020 at 12:51 pm

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