Rube Goldberg Machines

rube_napkinBy now, you have probably seen the OK Go video that everyone is talking about, featuring the Rube Goldberg machine. That machine took months to build, and days to film. You can learn more about how the contraption was built here. We were wondering, who started this whole contraption building craze in the first place?

What people call “Rube Goldberg machines” are based on the cartoons of Rube Goldberg, whose work appeared in newspapers in the early 1900′s. The contraptions usually were incredibly complicated ways to do something simple, like scratch your back or mail a letter.

We really like this blog post about the greatest Rube Goldberg contraptions of all time. What do you think, which one is the best?

One thought on “Rube Goldberg Machines

  1. Liz

    Hi, I think your image is missing a vital part: the top 1/2 inch which shows the strings continuing from object to object, thereby moving each part.


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