Rube Goldbergian clocks for your walls and mantlepieces


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/08/10/hanging-chain-horology.html


#2

Very inappropriate to relate these to Rube.


#3

They may not fit what we traditionally imagine as a Rube Goldberg machine, but the essence of the concept is just a simple task turned into a Needlessly Complex process


#4

House cats will seriously mess with these things… bless their little hearts.


#5

So glad to see these available again! I have one of his clocks (the one pictured by the wine bottle in the article) from about a decade ago, and it’s always been a conversation starter. The motor blew up about 3 years ago (got very hot and started making funny noises), but it’s just the same motor that turns over the pellets in a water softener, one rotation per hour on regular 110V AC power, so I was able to replace it very easily and cheaply. Provided you have good AC power, these clocks keep fantastic time!


#6

So “Seussian” clocks?


#7

That’s not even a clock…


#8

You are quite astute!

I was merely providing a visual example of an overly complicated Seussian contraption.


#9

In that case, an excellent example!


#10

@R.Birks

I never thought I’d ever see Seussian versus Goldbergian come anywhere near to being a source of – shall I say – controversy. (??) The de-escalation was nicely handled, though.


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Hello @hecep and WELCOME TO THE INTERNET!

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#13

Oh, I’ve been here awhile… but sometimes BB throws up… singular surprises.

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#14

This is though.


#15

Isn’t there some Mr. Bean episode where there is some weird rube Goldbergian contraption to wake him up? Wallace and Grommett too, if I’m remembering correctly?


#16

I need this


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