Saturday Silliness – a real page turner

For those of you not familiar with a Rube Goldberg device, this video defines what it is. Oh, and no hamsters were harmed in the making of this film.

 

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D. W. Schnare
January 14, 2012 5:50 am

I’ve modeled that sequence of events and determined it can’t happen.

Otter
January 14, 2012 5:53 am

Mr Schnare~ We need to verify your data. I shall shortly be submitting an FOIA request.

January 14, 2012 5:56 am

That was awesome, but as usual,I’m a skeptic.

Glenn A. Plant
January 14, 2012 6:03 am

Clearly several “warming” devices were employed. Climate Justice will need to be applied.
/sarc
GPlant

Chris B
January 14, 2012 6:08 am

You must be bored after that 100,000,000 milestone. I bet the billion mark comes faster.
My contribution to the fight for National Rube Goldberg Day………..
Just like climate models simulated Rube Goldberg’s can be made to do whatever you want them to do.

Warren in Minnesota
January 14, 2012 6:15 am

@Chris B
This video contains content from UMG, who has blocked it in your country [Minnesota, USA] on copyright grounds.

January 14, 2012 6:19 am

LOL

Dave
January 14, 2012 6:55 am

Were there any feedbacks?

Otter
January 14, 2012 7:14 am

Dave says:
January 14, 2012 at 6:55 am
Were there any feedbacks?
Is that, like, kickbacks for hamsters?

January 14, 2012 7:23 am

As far as I can tell, it’ll work for only one page! Is this one-off behaviour typical of Rube-Goldberd devices?

January 14, 2012 7:27 am

All well and good until he wants to turn the next page.
🙂

January 14, 2012 7:27 am

Chris B;
C-Rappy and, as G&T would say, definitively unphysical. Where’s the fast-forward control? >:(

Chris B
January 14, 2012 7:41 am

Warren in Minnesota says:
January 14, 2012 at 6:15 am
@Chris B
This video contains content from UMG, who has blocked it in your country [Minnesota, USA] on copyright grounds.
_____________________________________
Sorry about that. It works up here in the Great White North. There was no notice on the Youtube page it came from. Maybe there’s a searchable, non-copyright version in the US.

MattC
January 14, 2012 7:53 am

Honda’s “The Cog” is still my favorite.

ParisParamus
January 14, 2012 7:57 am

Ur…that’s a Guinea pig, not a hamster–they are cute rodents.

Jim S
January 14, 2012 8:02 am

Only slightly less complex than the whole “global warming as a means of wealth redistribution” scheme…..

DirkH
January 14, 2012 8:35 am

MattC says:
January 14, 2012 at 7:53 am
“Honda’s “The Cog” is still my favorite.”
Doesn’t count. It’s computer-animated. (The tyres would never go up the ramp like that).

Urederra
January 14, 2012 8:57 am

I like OK Go´s “this too shall pass” Goldberg machine video. It has over 32 million views on Utube.

Enjoy!

January 14, 2012 9:16 am

But which switch is which?

Curiousgeorge
January 14, 2012 9:38 am

Proof that things are still Made In The USA! 🙂

Ian E
January 14, 2012 9:40 am

In the UK, we have a similar confection, referred too as a Heath Robinson contraption (named after an English cartoonist), pre-dating, I believe, your Rube Goldberg! [Which reminds me, an Americam student I knew many years ago was very surprised that we, in the UK, did not celebrate 4th July – go figure!]

Chuck L
January 14, 2012 9:42 am

It reminds me of “Mousetrap,” one of my favorite childhood games!

bulaman
January 14, 2012 9:50 am

kiwis eh!!

Harry Kal
January 14, 2012 10:02 am

Now that is what we call : “Tipping points”
Harry

TXRed
January 14, 2012 10:16 am

Johan, yes, most Rube Goldberg/ Heath Robinson devices only work once, at least in real life.

January 14, 2012 10:32 am

TXRed,
Thanks. Come to think of it, they’re sort of perpetual motion machines, except that they aren’t of course! 🙂

cui bono
January 14, 2012 10:35 am

The CGI ones are cheating. Oh, hang on, Gore used CGI extensively in his movie, so it must be ok.
See also Wallace & Gromit at breakfast.

David A. Evans
January 14, 2012 10:53 am

I would say the UKs real Rube Goldberg was Roland Emmett.
DaveE.

cui bono
January 14, 2012 10:55 am

More Saturday silliness. Your correspondents from Southern UK (including me) are now in danger from incoming Russian projectiles:
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/spacecraft-could-crash-land-m4-corridor-031131344.html
I don’t think we’d get a 4 minute warning….

Colonial
January 14, 2012 11:48 am

Ian E (January 14, 2012 at 9:40 am) wrote:
… [Which reminds me, an Americam student I knew many years ago was very surprised that we, in the UK, did not celebrate 4th July – go figure!]
I, too, am surprised that the UK doesn’t honor July 4th by celebrating the departure of those testy Colonials from the proverbial fold. They were such a pain in the neck! Aside from the annoyance caused by an ill-advised Royal Navy adventure from 1812-15, life in the UK must have been much more pleasant after 1781…

Phil
January 14, 2012 12:48 pm

Here’s a real one that supposedly destroyed a lot of wine: http://youtu.be/V8ZmOgMlyRE

David Davidovics
January 14, 2012 12:49 pm

@Urederra
Awesome video!!

David Waring
January 14, 2012 1:13 pm

Colonial says:
January 14, 2012 at 11:48 am
[…] ife in the UK must have been much more pleasant after 1781…
Life in the UK has been going downhill steadily since 44 A.D.
And the Trend Remains the Same.

Andrew30
January 14, 2012 1:48 pm

This is an amazing work of animated musical construction.

January 14, 2012 10:39 pm

Andrew30 says:
January 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm
This is an amazing work of animated musical construction.

Yeah, but it doesn’t play the second movement.

Lance of BC
January 15, 2012 3:17 am

Andrew30,
Great video, brought to you by “TOUCHWOOD” , he hehe hehe(beavis & butthead) he hehe!

hunter
January 15, 2012 6:31 am

Interactive Rube Goldberg- amazing.

January 15, 2012 9:54 am

Not exactly the score as I recall it, but terrific!

Geoff Withnell
January 15, 2012 2:05 pm

Actually, it isn’t animated, they purposely unbalanced the tires. I understand that it took weeks to get the sequence to run from the beginning, because some of the parts were so precariously set that they kept starting as peoplewere walking off the set from the vibration.
MattC says:
January 14, 2012 at 7:53 am
“Honda’s “The Cog” is still my favorite.”
Doesn’t count. It’s computer-animated. (The tyres would never go up the ramp like that).

MattC
January 16, 2012 11:02 am

DirkH says:
January 14, 2012 at 8:35 am
MattC says:
January 14, 2012 at 7:53 am
“Honda’s “The Cog” is still my favorite.”
Doesn’t count. It’s computer-animated. (The tyres would never go up the ramp like that).
And to further Geoff’s answer. The way you unbalance the tire is this: Take a plastic bag. Fill it with random bolts & nuts. Duct tape it to the inside of the tire. Place the tire on the incline and put a bolt behind it as a chock (if you carefully at the video you can see them). Now balance the tire so that the plastic bag-O-bolts is right at the very top of the tire. Now all you have to do is nudge the tire forward, the weight of the bag on the inside of the tire makes it roll up hill for one half of a revolution where it nudges the next tire.
I wonder if there’s something in there that might be instructive even for the overall focus of this particular blog. For instance, maybe there are influences on climate that, just perhaps, we can’t readily see that can cause phenomenon we would think unlikely or not expect.

January 18, 2012 1:22 am

Phil says:
January 14, 2012 at 12:48 pm
Here’s a real one that supposedly destroyed a lot of wine: http://youtu.be/V8ZmOgMlyRE

Not a drop! Vodka and cognac are not wines.
😉

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