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I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round

If you were sitting around in the early years of the Great Depression with $247 burning a hole in your pocket (about $3,800 in today's dollars) and were too lazy to get up and change your records when they finished playing, you might have been tempted by RCA's new Radiola Automatic Electrola RAE-26. [more inside]
posted by Longtime Listener on May 9, 2014 - 7 comments

A Freerunning Extravaganza

"What do you know about Rube Goldberg? This is how we do it -- Freestyle!"
posted by jason's_planet on Nov 11, 2013 - 18 comments

It will have 10-20 failures and two successes. That's my hypothesis.

7-year old Audri builds a Rube Golberg machine to trap a monster. (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Apr 23, 2013 - 42 comments

LEGO Great Ball Contraption (Layout 2012.9)

Lego Great Ball Contraption (Layout 2012.9) (Previously)
posted by klausman on Sep 22, 2012 - 31 comments

a never ending rube goldberg

Watch the world's most extraordinary 'kinetic sculpture' "From a duck to a skeleton to a robot dinosaur: scientists created this fabulous kinetic sculpture, called On the Move, to demonstrate to children the concept of energy transfer. "
posted by dhruva on Apr 2, 2012 - 21 comments

Finally! A fast and inexpensive way to remove a cork from a wine bottle!

Wine De-Corking Machine: designed by mechanical sculptor Rob Higgs, this amazingly elaborate Rube Goldberg styled device weighs over 770 pounds and took about three years to build. [more inside]
posted by quin on Mar 14, 2012 - 42 comments

An unlimited source of power.

Something For Nothing.(1940)
Cartoonist Rube Goldberg discusses the perpetual motion device, celebrates America's inexhaustible supply of fossil fuels, and mocks hydroelectric power and other whacky inventions. (A 1930s Jam Handy/GM production.) Previously.
posted by Stagger Lee on Feb 29, 2012 - 14 comments

A real page turner

The page turner is a wonderful complex yet compact Rube Goldberg machine. The NYT has a bit of background on the creator behind it.
posted by mathowie on Jan 24, 2012 - 21 comments

Balls

Melvin the Magical Mixed Media Machine.
posted by twoleftfeet on Nov 19, 2011 - 20 comments

A Whack of Mousetraps

2D Photography Rube Goldberg. SLYT. 4.13 [more inside]
posted by bwg on Jul 23, 2011 - 16 comments

Eight Minutes of Nothing But Balls

Lego Great Ball Contraption. (YouTube). Not enough balls? Try this one. (YouTube) More about Great Ball Contraptions: one two
posted by Legomancer on Apr 21, 2011 - 31 comments

Today, we're going to blow up a creeper.

A Minecraft Rube Goldberg Machine. Some of the tricks use include: Controlling Water with Redstone TNT Cannons Holding up sand with torches.
posted by empath on Dec 29, 2010 - 36 comments

the compact marble machine man

Denha is a synthesizer enthusiast who also builds very small and fairly complex marble runs out of brass wire, carved wood, and 9/32" ball bearings. [more inside]
posted by luvcraft on Jul 8, 2010 - 25 comments

cooking with contraptions

Top 10 Food-Based Rube Goldberg Machines (videos) If this type of food preparation is too elaborate for your tastes, the Super-Fast Pancake-Sorting Flexpicker Robot might be more to your style.
posted by madamjujujive on Sep 27, 2009 - 31 comments

Chaos? In *my* print shop?

We've seen a number of Rube Goldberg machines in advertising before, but here's the first one I've seen that actually uses the controlled chaos of one to describe what their product actually does. Or doesn't, really. If you've ever worked in a print shop, you've probably seen something like this happen. Usually once or twice a day.
posted by loquacious on Apr 29, 2008 - 45 comments

Crumbling Paper - old, old comic strips

Crumbling Paper is a collection of old comics. And I mean old, some from the early years of the 20th Century. There are strips from artists such as George Herriman, Rube Goldberg, Basil Wolverton and Gustave Verbeek. It has such strips as Katzenjammer Kids, Little Orphan Annie and Count Screwloose. Warning: Some of these comics feature racial caricatures, as was the unfortunate norm when the strips were drawn. Here is the collector, Steven Stwalley, on Race and Ethnicity in the Early Comics. [via Eddie Campbell]
posted by Kattullus on Feb 3, 2008 - 12 comments

Buy them all and build it at home!

You got your Rube Goldberg machine in my department store catalogue. (Or the other way around, I'm not sure.)
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Nov 5, 2007 - 58 comments

Rube Goldberg meets Flash Friday

Launchball : Think a stylised, fluoro version of The Incredible Machine. And when you finish the level, it reveals a science fact -- which you can pretend to read and claim it's educational...
posted by robcorr on Oct 9, 2007 - 36 comments

One thing leads to another.

The folks from Japanese public TV's excellent children's show "Pythagora Switch" have for several years been creating some of the most delightful and inventive Rube Goldberg-esque contraptions you're likely to ever see. Here's a 9 minute clip featuring lots of these little kinetic masterpieces, guaranteed to entertain.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jun 24, 2007 - 43 comments

Rube Goldberg Alarm Clock

Finding it hard to get out of bed this morning? You might consider building your own Rube Goldberg Alarm Clock. (3:17 video)
posted by ColdChef on May 6, 2007 - 26 comments

The best of YouTube (to date)?

The Thief And The Cobbler. Richard Williams via Garrett Gilchrist. The best of YouTube (to date)? You decide. Want some animated M.C. Escher, Rube Goldberg mayhem, magic, despair, true love, a happy ending...and more? Click the link and try the "Play All Videos" link on the right (17 segments make up the whole). Cast and Crew. If you categorically hate YouTube links, pass it by. via
posted by taosbat on Jun 22, 2006 - 22 comments

Japanese Rube Goldberg Noodle Device

Japanese Rube Goldberg Ramen Machine (warning: link goes to embedded video)
posted by jonson on Jun 17, 2006 - 18 comments

cause and effect contraptions

Incredible Machine 01 - clever Japanese Rube Goldberg type devices in action. Film clip, annoying soundtrack alert. (via digg)
posted by madamjujujive on Apr 7, 2006 - 27 comments

Clik Clak...Whirr

Clik. Clak. (embedded Quicktime video.) Short animated film featuring little robots who make their own language using Rube Goldberg contraptions.
posted by jann on Feb 17, 2006 - 28 comments

rube

If Terry Gilliam and Rube Goldberg made flash games, they may go something like this.
posted by onkelchrispy on Jan 15, 2005 - 75 comments

U.K. R.G.

The U.K.'s answer to Rube Goldberg. Cartoonist W. Heath Robinson, 1872-1944.
posted by crunchland on Jun 20, 2003 - 1 comment

useless inventions

Industrialised society's fascination with useless invention: as a kid I used to love the work of Heath Robinson, inventor of (among others) a method of testing safety matches, the potato peeler, and an inoffensive method of weighing a lady friend. His American equivalent was the slightly more scientific Rube Goldberg. Occasional attempts of the patently useless to make the leap into the real world have been furthered considerably by the Japanese art of Chindogu, made popular by Kenji Kawakami, inventor of (among others) the Hay fever hat, the portable road crossing, and dusting shoes for cats. Maywa Denki seems to transcend earthy Chindogu with fish-based and musical (via sharpeworld) inventions.
posted by gravelshoes on Dec 29, 2002 - 4 comments

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