As I said, Rube Goldberg was one of my first favorite cartoonists. He drew these wild machines that were soooo complicated but did simple things.
And his cartoons have inspired one of our favorite short films of all time: THE WAY THINGS GO. Definitely Recommended Viewing.
The Way Things Work have in turn inspired a series of commercials which are pretty darn fun. Here's one:
And Rube, The Way, and these commercials have inspired a whole slew of wonderful homemade contraptions that all over the internet. But we will look at those later.