Everybody loves these extravagant contraptions for achieving very simple tasks
A Rube Goldberg machine is a deliberately over-engineered machine that performs a very simple task in a very complex fashion, usually including a chain reaction.
Reuben Lucius Goldberg (July 4, 1883 – December 7, 1970) was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer and inventor.
He is best known for a series of popular cartoons depicting complex gadgets that perform simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways – wikipedia
These are my favourites from around the web…
OK Go – This Too Shall Pass
Lots of unique items in this relatively high budget creation involving an entire warehouse full of craziness building up to an almighty paint-splattering of an ending. They’ve also published the behind the scenes video.
The Page Turner
Includes some quite novel items including a live animal being hair dried and evaporating water into a sponge to make it heavier.
Honda – The Cog
Very carefully planned and skillfully engineered – used to showcase the Honda Accord.
An epic machine crafted inside a Minecraft World.
Half Life 2
Using Gary’s mod and to the tune of the Spanish Flea…