Rube Goldberg...
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Rube Goldberg...

Rube Goldberg...
In this issue we give you the runaround. And the up and over, the through and under. The Machine. (Image source:

Something to read: Inside the whimsical but surprisingly dark world of Rube Goldberg machines

On the eve of the 2015 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest college nationals, six teams gather in Columbus, Ohio’s Center of Science and Industry children’s museum to set up their machines around the walls of the hangar-like space and eye up the competition... The mechanisms of our world are not necessarily any more efficient than they’ve ever been; they’re just more obscure, hidden in the invisible digital distance behind our screens.

Something to watch: OK Go - This Too Shall Pass - Rube Goldberg Machine

The official video for the recorded version of "This Too Shall Pass" off the album "Of the Blue Colour of the Sky". The video was filmed in a two story warehouse, in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA. The "machine" was designed and built by the band, along with members of Syyn Labs ( ) over the course of several months.

Something to listen to (but also watch):  WOTE's Ed Sheeran Cover with weird instruments!

Walk off the Earth's cover the #1 smash hit "Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran with a mash up of TLC's "No Scrubs" and Black Street's "No Diggity". Gianni's nephew Myles makes a surprise cameo for a very important cymbal kick! Enjoy. (and although this has nothing to do with a Rube Goldberg Machine - it reminds me of one!) (Running time: 4:07)

Something to strew: 11 Household Objects You Can Use to Build a Rube Goldberg Machine

Entertaining just one kid cooped up in a house is no easy task, let alone your entire family for an extended period of time with no set end date. But a "new" trend is taking short-form video app TikTok by storm: Rube Goldberg machines.

Something for Middles and Teens: 4 Ways to Rube in 2022

The 'official' Rube Goldberg website has '4 Ways to Rube in 2022' with contest using classic machines, Minecraft, cartooning and STEM. A Rube Goldberg Machine (RGM) is a crazy contraption which accomplishes a simple task in the most complicated and funniest way possible! Based on the “invention” cartoons of the famous, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Cartoonist, Rube Goldberg. His drawings and imagined machines are at the heart of the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. They use everyday items (mostly junk!), they tell a story, and most important of all — they make you laugh!

Something to play: Minecraft Education Edition - Rube Goldberg Machine

Crazy piston-powered contraptions aplenty! Open this world to see some of the redstone features that came to Pocket Edition and Windows 10 Edition Beta in the .15 "Friendly Update". This world was made for us by the talented folk over at Blockworks with music by Quentin Gomez - which is, of course, played entirely in-game by the insane contraption they’ve built. (Note: Game updates change content over time and may or may not work. Test before you share with your children)

Why, my dear Child, that great red what’s-its-name (its real name is “a Flamingo“) is the mallet! In this Croquet-Game, the balls were live Hedge-hogs-you know a hedge-hog can roll itself up into a ball? - and the mallets were live Flamingos! - Chapter 12: The Lobster-Quadrille "The Nursery “Alice”" (The Nursery “Alice” is a shortened version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, adapted by Lewis Carroll himself for ‘children from nought to five’.
drawn by John Tenniel