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Rube Goldberg machine

A Rube Goldberg machine is a deliberately complex contraption in which a series of devices that perform simple tasks are linked together to produce a domino effect in which activating one device triggers the next device in the sequence. The expression is named after American cartoonist and inventor of such contraptions, Rube Goldberg.

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This video gives a snipet of a Rube Goldberg machine at it's awesome-est. The whole video is actually half an hour long! My professor showed it my class as part of a painting assignment oddly enough. Uploader description: "Fischli and Weiss remove these things that surround us from their contexts in our daily lives, and then restructure their relationships to one another. The artists aim neither to glorify nor to alienate these common objects, but merely to create new references in which they might be considered."

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Music video by OK Go featuring a large Rube Goldberg machine. The song is called, "This Too Shall Pass".

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