A Rube Goldberg device is an absurdly complicated machine designed to perform a simple task in the most ridiculous way possible. They were named after Rube Goldberg, an American cartoonist who drew many of these devices.
Ben G. made a Rube Goldberg device for his SWN, so I thought I’d show you some more. Thanks for the idea, Ben!
The rock band OK Go just released a Rube-Goldberg video for their song “This Too Will Pass.” It’s also real, and took 60 takes over two days to get it right. Read how they did it here.
(It’s not a Rube Goldberg device, but check out OK Go’s amazing treadmill dance, too.)
By the way, the official Rube Goldberg website sponsors an annual machine-building contest. It’s already over for 2010, but if you’re interested, the 2011 challenge is to build a plant-watering machine.
Want even more? Here’s a Salon.com slideshow of cool (mostly home-made) Rube Goldberg machines.