This machine looks like it will set the world record for the least efficient machine. The Rube Goldberg challenge is to accomplish a simple task (here, watering a plant) in under two minutes with at least 20 steps. This machine does it in 244 steps! Complexity is cool!
Thanks to CuriousityCounts for the tip!
Sure it's been everywhere, but we have a nose for it too.
After our post on Mr. Goldberg's Inflating Influence, Colin Summers (thanks Colin!) wrote in and hipped us to this great list of fifteen (yes, FIFTEEN!) top Rolling Ball Sculptures. Now you know you can't go out and play: you've got to sit in front of this screen all day! Don't do that, just rejoice in knowing that this world has so many wonders to watch and witness.
It gives me a reason to get my teeth looked at. This sculpture is on display at Columbia Basin Pediatric Dentistry in Kennewick, WA.
Bowlers know we have a nose for Goldbergian complexity. THE WAY THINGS WORK will forever remain our our list of Required Viewing. We also endorse "home-made" and "swede-ing" amongst all nose-wearers. We gave a Golden Honker today to Ivan in Austin for his embrace of all this goodness on 11/9/08.
Alright already. So the brood before was a few bricks short of a load. We know we needed more. We had them in The Bowl but we weren't letting them out.
Okay, okay. So what if we like following how balls knock things down? We like other things too. Like how dominoes knock things down. And we really like how dominoes knock each other over and make all the pool balls go in the pockets (please pardon the intro...)
Over at BOWL OF NOSES, I am posting a series of Rube Goldberg "inventions" and the various things he has inspired. I think Rube's collection "INVENTIONS!" needs to be Required Reading at every grade level.
As Tailor (A) fits customer (B) and calls out measurements, college boy (C) mistakes them for football signals and makes a flying tackle at clothing dummy (D). Dummy bumps head against paddle (E) causing it to pull hook (F) and throw bottle (G) on end of folding hat rack (H) which spreads and pushes head of cabbage (I) into net (J). Weight of cabbage pulls cord (K) causing shears (L) to cut string (M). Bag of sand (N) drops on scale (O) and pushes broom (P) against pail of whitewash (Q) which upsets all over you causing you to look like a marble statue and making it impossible for you to be recognized by bill collectors. Don't worry about posing as any particular historical statue because bill collectors don't know much about art.