Rube Goldberg's marvelous machines

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Fascinating. A machine that actually runs on human misery.

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Are you referring to the cartoon at the top? If so, the woman appears to be crying because she’s cutting onions. She may also be miserable but I don’t think that’s what the illustration is depicting.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._Heath_Robinson

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Came here for Heath Robinson reference, left satisfied.

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(Puts on eyeglasses)

You are correct, sir.

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If you left, who left the comment?

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The spanish Rube Goldberg: Dr. Franz de Copenhague.

You have a lot of his inventions in Google. As I am a new user I can’t put images:

https://www.google.es/search?q=dr+franz+de+copenhague&client=firefox-beta&hs=MVM&sa=X&rls=org.mozilla:es-ES:official&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ei=oZSCUtiCOoKS0QXa-YDQCg&ved=0CDkQsAQ&biw=1280&bih=586#q=los+inventos+de+tbo&rls=org.mozilla:es-ES:official&tbm=isch&tbs=isz:l

https://www.google.es/search?q=dr+franz+de+copenhague&client=firefox-beta&hs=MVM&sa=X&rls=org.mozilla:es-ES:official&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ei=oZSCUtiCOoKS0QXa-YDQCg&ved=0CDkQsAQ&biw=1280&bih=586#q=los+inventos+de+tbo&rls=org.mozilla:es-ES%3Aofficial&tbm=isch

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Most excellent. Thank you!

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The 2005 movie “Waiting…” was not really a classic, but it featured this amazing “Rube Goldberg” type device to pour a glass of beer near the end of the credits. (According to the audio commentary, it actually worked the first time they filmed it.)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTobV-Gnv-8

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Fischli_%26_David_Weiss

Sorry, could find only the first 9 minutes of it (but I wasn’t looking that hard) - the whole thing is 28 minutes.

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To Rube.

Machina? Why?

Ah, mah-sheen.

Wat?

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I always enjoyed the little back-stories Mr. Goldberg sometimes used to preface each invention. For example, “Professor Butts jumps from a plane in a moth-eaten parachute, lands on his head and lives to invent a self-scrubbing bath brush.”
It’s like the icing (spread by a trowel attached to an swinging accordion) on the cake!

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