My life is now divided into two parts. The part before I watched this video, and the part after I gained Enlightenment.
This isn’t even the longest example of this sort of thing. One was called The Way Things Go, and it aired long, long ago on the late, lamented PBS series Alive From Off Center. It’s very nearly a full half hour.
best. crap. evar.
Impressive. If you like that one, check out this link to a Honda Accord ad: http://www.steelcitysfinest.com/HondaAccordAd.htm
Those are really nice Rube Goldberg machines. The one with the balls around magnets was nice, but the one with the variable motion ball over the books was exquisite.
Doing one yourself can be loads of fun. Ruthie & I and the kids made our own Goldberg machine several months ago on a Science night (we try to devote 1 of our weekly family nights a month to science related fun).
We used David’s Thomas the Tank Engine (equipped with a Q-Tip on the caboose) to start a chain of winding dominos on the kitchen table, which eventually knocked into a Hot Wheels car to set it in motion (the car equipped with a sewing needle taped to the hood), down the track through the kitchen to the far end of the living room, where it popped a baloon. Great cheers arose when it worked (took a few tries to optimize the setup). What fun.
Dave, I have The Way Things Go on DVD, I’ll let you watch it next time you are over. I first saw it at MASSMoca and had to own it. There are a few cut scenes in The Way Things Go, I am not sure why but I assume it was for time because of where they occur. http://imdb.com/title/tt0094300/
Here’s the tinyurl for the video: http://tinyurl.com/gsg7p
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