It will have 10-20 failures and two successes. That's my hypothesis.
April 23, 2013 6:04 PM   Subscribe

7-year old Audri builds a Rube Golberg machine to trap a monster. (SLYT)

Here's what he was doing when he was five.
posted by Room 641-A (42 comments total) 27 users marked this as a favorite

 
First link: "This video contains content from EMI, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds." :(

[in canada]

Is the first link the same as this? (which I can view).
posted by el io at 6:08 PM on April 23, 2013


EMI? That's strange. I hope there's a way to fix that.
posted by Room 641-A at 6:10 PM on April 23, 2013


Yep. Nixed in Canada.

Presumably this is the original, though, right? Works fine.
posted by Sys Rq at 6:11 PM on April 23, 2013


Copyright law is also a Rube Golberg machine.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 6:12 PM on April 23, 2013 [6 favorites]


I love this kid.
posted by FelliniBlank at 6:14 PM on April 23, 2013


I've asked the mods to fix it.
posted by Room 641-A at 6:14 PM on April 23, 2013


AHHHH HE DID A HYPOTHESIS HE IS AWESOME
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 6:17 PM on April 23, 2013 [8 favorites]


i straight up clapped like an idiot when it worked
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 6:19 PM on April 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


Fixed!
posted by cortex at 6:22 PM on April 23, 2013


I'm straight up sending this to all my (few, remaining) hypothesis driven colleagues, because sometimes, having a starting hypothesis is much harder at the outset and it's nice to hear some gleeful shouts of "I CAN'T BELIVE IT WORKED!" just as, or better than you'd hypothesized.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 6:31 PM on April 23, 2013 [5 favorites]


This is one of those situations where it is totally okay to chant USA USA and high five the next person you see.

That person will be confused and will wander into an ice cream shop to console themselves with something sweet. They will tip which will cause the ice cream scoopers to sing, thus making a small child cry. The crying child will distract her mom who is on the phone, causing the phone to drop. On the other end, the kid's dad will be surprised by the sudden loud clattering noise/their child crying causing him to not see the car stopped at a red light in front of him. The screech of his breaks will wake up a drowsing man on a bus in the next lane who will then stand up suddenly, knocking the long package carried by a young art student so that she staggers, dropping her purse. The awkward teen who bends to pick up the purse belonging to the pretty girl will not notice the change rolling out of his pocket, which then gets stuck in the grooves by the rear bus door. Upon the bus stopping at its next stop, a passenger steps on the change and stumbles through the door, thus accidentally meeting the woman he will propose to in three years. She will reject his proposal, having fallen in love with her personal trainer who is nowhere near as clumsy as her boyfriend. The boyfriend attempts a last ditch Lloyd Dobler boombox moment to win the love of his life back, but is chased from the apartment complex lawn by a muscly dude called Bricks. During the chase, Bricks accidentally shoves an old man who is actually a money launderer on his way to deliver the proceeds from his last job, having decided to retire due to terminal cancer. Two tightly bound wads of cash roll from the old man's duffel bag and land in a storm grate where they are washed downstream to the bay. It is at this bay a young man named Audri is walking, wondering how he will finance his next wondrous machine. The money, having been lifted into the air by twin squabbling seagulls, lands at his feet. Audri takes it and realizes the most complicated machine he can build with tjis cash is his own brain, so he uses it for his own college tuition.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:37 PM on April 23, 2013 [31 favorites]


I let out a cry of delight when it got to the toaster.
posted by spbmp at 6:41 PM on April 23, 2013


Extra credit for using OK Go for the soundtrack (even though they really should have used this one instead).
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:46 PM on April 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


It's great to see kids excited and learning. What a joy. Thanks.
posted by QueerAngel28 at 6:51 PM on April 23, 2013


Well done, young sir. Wonderful.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:04 PM on April 23, 2013


I can't quite put my finger on it, but there's something about the way he has total confidence in the process that really hits a nerve.
posted by Room 641-A at 7:06 PM on April 23, 2013 [3 favorites]


I can only hope my own son will be as awesome.
posted by Scattercat at 7:28 PM on April 23, 2013


That was COOL! :D
posted by zarq at 8:02 PM on April 23, 2013


ON THE (spoiler)TH TRY!!!
posted by Kinbote at 8:07 PM on April 23, 2013


Way better than a Hot Wheels track! And much more challenging as well. Nicely done, young lad!
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 8:09 PM on April 23, 2013


"Ah jeez, that's more of a ripoff than that breakfast machine I bought."
posted by zippy at 8:24 PM on April 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


Steinbeck, "Of Mice and Men"? Top book on that stack.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 8:37 PM on April 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


Anyone care to hypothesize what this kid's level of complexity in his Rube Goldberg device will be when he's 10? (we have the 2 datapoints of 5 and 7). 15? 20? It actually quite scares me to think what this could progress into.

What i'm saying, as adorable, brilliant, cute, and scientific as he may be, it may be very wise to... STOP HIM!
posted by el io at 9:00 PM on April 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


(you know, let him learn minecraft, or something else *virtual*)
posted by el io at 9:02 PM on April 23, 2013


Am I the only one to think his sample size is too small to allow him to say he's disproved his hypothesis?

/steals Christmas
//hobbles back to hide beneath the bridge
///dines on shoe leather and tree bark
posted by jcking77 at 9:07 PM on April 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


"Ah jeez, that's more of a ripoff than that breakfast machine I bought."

From our ongoing series, "Recognizing Cultural References in Family Guy Cutaways"
posted by Sys Rq at 9:13 PM on April 23, 2013 [4 favorites]


We discovered this a while ago (I forget how... interest in Rube Goldberg machine inspired by Maker Fair?), and it's been a HUGE inspiration to small child in building such things. Wonderful example of building awesome mechanisms and motivating everyone in the room to get at it. Great stuff.
posted by emmet at 9:23 PM on April 23, 2013


So basically this is the coolest little kid ever and he did a legit hypothesis and made a goddamn rube goldberg machine and all I can do is sit in my underwear and eat chocolate chips right out of the tollhouse bag and not do the hw I have for my grad school class. I hope he remains delighted by this stuff for the rest of his life and that he does good for humanity in the process.
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 12:26 AM on April 24, 2013 [6 favorites]


Sys Rq, do you know if that PeeWee scene got its inspiration from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 12:28 AM on April 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


Way to go, Audri! That was fantastic.
posted by Georgina at 1:51 AM on April 24, 2013


The kid reminds me a lot of Little Pete Wrigley. Awesome.
posted by Slap*Happy at 4:24 AM on April 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


Hypothesis: the most unexpected things can make me cry if I've come to work early enough.

Result: Success
posted by MCMikeNamara at 6:19 AM on April 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


This video contains content from EMI

It's the OK Go song.
posted by yoHighness at 6:21 AM on April 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


These Birds of a Feather: "Sys Rq, do you know if that PeeWee scene got its inspiration from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang ?"

You know, that sausage handling isn't all that hygienic.

Plus I can make brekky myself. It's the dishes I hate.
posted by Samizdata at 6:58 AM on April 24, 2013


MetaFilter: That sausage handling isn't all that hygienic.
posted by Strange Interlude at 7:46 AM on April 24, 2013


Sys Rq, do you know if that PeeWee scene got its inspiration from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang ?

Well, it obviously did, but I am deeply ashamed to admit that no, I did not know that.
posted by Sys Rq at 7:51 AM on April 24, 2013


(I may be wrong, but I believe the kid in question is a girl. Audri.)
posted by It is better for you not to know. at 7:58 AM on April 24, 2013


(The descriptions under the videos use masculine pronouns, so, yes, I think you are wrong. He just has a girl's name and a girl's haircut. Not that there's anything wrong with that.)
posted by Sys Rq at 8:07 AM on April 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


If anyone else was wondering (as I was), this is a Fushigi Ball. [warning: annoying commercial for silly product]

Also: regular guy explains contact juggling using a fushigi.
posted by blurker at 8:58 AM on April 24, 2013


it's nice to hear some gleeful shouts of "I CAN'T BELIVE IT WORKED!"

Yeah, the machine was pretty cool, but the kids reaction is what makes it. (Does he really say "umpteen?")
posted by mrgrimm at 10:17 AM on April 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


I don't know. The monster looks like an unwilling or coerced participant.
posted by vitabellosi at 11:33 AM on April 24, 2013


"The monster looks like an unwilling or coerced participant."

The IRB is gonna shut down this kid's bedroom, fast.
posted by Turkey Glue at 3:00 PM on April 24, 2013


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