Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Rube Goldberg machines

Earlier today, courtesy of the facebook incarnation of Hoagie's Gifted, I was introduced to the new OK Go video for "This To Shall Pass." As I understand it, this video was created for the internet and is not the "official" video. In any case, it's got one of the best Rube Goldberg machines I've ever seen:

AJ and I are collectors of videos of Rube Goldberg machines. I was fascinated by them as a child and drew endless plans for them, some of which are still floating around my house. AJ found one a few years ago and has been similarly intrigued. Here are some of our favorites:

Mythbusters takes on Goldberg in their Christmas show:

We also like the Goldberg-esque devices that turn up in the Wallace and Gromit series of films. Our favorite is from the opening of Curse of the Were-Rabbit. You can see it at Gizmodo, which lists the top ten Rube Goldberg machines to appear on film.

Do you have any favorites we've missed? Have you tried any of your own? Tell us about them in the comments!


Cold Spaghetti said...

I never knew those contraptions had a unifying name. Rube Goldberg.

I think my geek card just got revoked.

Harriet said...

Goldberg was a cartoonist (b 1883) famous for drawing contraptions like these. You can read more about him here. And there's an engineering competition devoted to him here. The latter site has a bunch of Goldberg's original cartoons under the link "Artwork Gallery."

FreshHell said...

Juliette declares them all "awesome".

Harriet said...

Freshhell, I can think of no higher praise!