I’ve long been a sucker for the concept of the Rube Goldberg Machine. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with that term, here’s a pretty good definition:
By definition a Rube Goldberg machine is a machine that performs a very simple task in a very complicated and over-engineered manner. A chain reaction occurs where one element triggers the next element and so on, ultimately triggering the final element – the task of the machine. [Source]
I mean, sure, it would be a lot easier and faster by doing any given task in the most straightforward way possible, but where’s the fun in that? Sometimes you want to waste a few minutes entertaining yourself while your task is slowly completed.
I’ve featured a couple pretty cool Rube Goldberg Machines in my blog in the past…
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But this one may be more intense than both of those.
As far as I can tell, it was made as an ad for 24 Hour Television in Japan. While it would be quite easy to just show a banner on the screen, but that doesn’t build up the kind of anticipation that 4 minutes of marbles and magnets and fans and rolls of tape does. Have a look:
I think the only thing that would have made it better is if the purpose of the machine was to hit a ping pong ball back at the guy who started it with a ping pong ball of his own.