We normally like to keep things simple and do things the easy way, but we’re completely fascinated by Rube Goldberg machines. They require a level of skill and patience we doubt we’ll ever posses and they’re the ultimate expression of doing something just because you can. (Plus, they’re really fun to watch when you’re not sober.) Check out some of the best Rube Goldberg machines ever posted on the internet.
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The Page Turner
Part of the brilliance behind The Page Turner by Brooklyn-based artist Joseph Herscher is the fact that it’s set off in a completely natural way. In order to start the crazy chain reaction, Herscher takes a sip of his coffee while he reads the paper. By the time he’s done reading a page, the machine turns it for him.
Honda – The Cog
We’re no grease monkeys, so if someone took apart a car and laid out all of the parts in front of us we couldn’t say for sure what they all do. It’s likely that it you asked us to put it back together we’d end up with something that looked closer to this Rube Goldberg machine by Honda than a functional car.
Ok Go Music Video
When it comes to Rube Goldberg machines, the more over the top the better. And they don’t get much more over the top than this music video by Okay Go which features a moving car and a falling piano.
Mythbusters Rube Goldberg Machines
Toys. Fire. Mentos and cola. When the Mythbusters do something, they do it big, and Rube Goldberg machines are no exception.
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Rube Goldberg Photobooth
As kids we secretly suspected there was really a guy with a camera inside of the photobooth… or an elaborate device like the one in this video.
Featured in the documentary “Mousetrap to Mars,” this Rube Goldberg machine is made up of tons of old toys like an Operation board game, a train set, and tons of other stuff you probably played with as a kid.
Rube Goldberg machines take a ridiculously complicated route from A to B, so if you think about it, the creation of the universe is kind of like a massive Rube Goldberg machine. At least that’s the idea behind this Purdue University Rube Goldberg machine called “Time Machine” which illustrates the history of the world from the Big Bang to the Apocalypse. Created in 2011, it shattered the record for most steps successfully completed by a machine.
MineCraft Rube Goldberg Machine
The crazy thing about MineCraft is that it’s such a simple game, but people keep using it to make insanely elaborate things, like this epic Rube Goldberg machine.
LEGO GBC 20 Modules
Most guys have never built anything this elaborate as adults using real materials, let alone as kids using toys.
Melvin the Machine
While it’s generally understood that Rube Goldberg machines are pretty useless, they usually accomplish something in the end, whether it’s turning the page of a newspaper or covering someone in paint. But Melvin the Machine exists only to promote itself.