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Rube Goldberg

  1. ThingamaBob Feeds Our Love Of Crazy Inventions With This Equally Crazy Trailer [Video]

    If there's one thing we love, it's Rube Goldberg machines.

    If ThingamaBob, the upcoming H2 show in which artist and inventor Bob Partington teaches us about the history of different objects while simultaneously fusing them into ridiculous Rube Goldberg-style inventions, is as cool as this promo trailer makes it out to be, then it's probably going to be one of our favorite shows.

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  2. Beastie Boys Fight for Their Right to Poop the Party, Sue GoldieBlox Over Copyright Infringement [Updating]

    Look, it was "Poop the party" or a "Sabotage" joke. We couldn't fit both in the headline.

    Hey! Remember that really great commercial for GoldieBlox we shared last week? You know, the one with the girls building a rather impressive Rube Goldberg machine while they sing a parody of "Girls" by the Beastie Boys? Turns out lawyers for the Beasties weren't as impressed as we were. They're suing over copyright infringement.

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  3. Girls and (Beastie) Boys Team Up for Engineering Toys for Girls

    You've got our attention, Goldie Blox.

    We've seen Goldie Blox, a toy line to get young girls into engineering, over on our sister site The Mary Sue. Their latest commercial stands out by combining a few of our favorite things: the Beastie Boys, toys, and a Rube Goldberg device. Check it out!

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  4. Red Bull Releases Ridiculous Rube-Goldberg-esque Kluge

    Red Bull did another sports thing! This is The Athlete Machine, a collection of Rube Goldberg devices connected by a series of impressive feats of derring-do performed by what we assume are well known extreme sports athletes. After Felix Baumgartner's jump from space, it seems Red Bull figured the best way to top something huge is by linking smaller, slightly less awesome things together into a sort of extreme sports Voltron.

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  5. World’s Newest Largest Rube Goldberg Machine [Video]

    Because you can never become mesmerized enough by Rube Goldberg machines, the Purdue Society of Professional Engineers set out to top their own record for world's largest functional Rube Goldberg machine. They succeeded, spending over 5,000 hours constructing a machine that is compact rather than the traditionally long contraptions, yet acts more like a transformer with all of its moving tracks. The machine consists of 300 steps, with the goal of blowing up and popping a balloon, but that's not all, as the the machine amazingly completes every single task assigned in the Rube Goldberg competition's quarter of a century history. Basically, this Rube Goldberg machine is ridiculous.

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  6. Mythbusters Hosts Will Produce, Judge a Rube Goldberg Competition Show

    Don't Try This At Home

    If you like Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, you're going to be very happy about this: the Mythbusters hosts have announced that they'll be producing a new show for Discovery called Unchained Reaction. The duo will serve as judges on the new show, which will pit two teams against each other while they build the most awesome Rube Goldberg device. And it looks like ... yes. Yes, I read that right: there might be guillotines.

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  7. Rube Goldberg Designed to Squash a Cadbury Creme Egg [Video]

    Just What You've Always Wanted

    And yet another splendiferous Cadbury Creme Egg bites the dust after a long, drawn-out scientific experiment. Such a sweet, fondant-y waste. (Geek.com)

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  8. Students Set Rube Goldberg World Record, Water Flower

    The 2011 Rube Goldberg competition tasked college students to create an overly complex device in the spirit of the famous cartoonists that completes an everyday task. This year, students were challenged to water a flower in as many steps as possible. The team from Purdue University did not win the competition--that honor went to the team at UW-Stout--but they beat the previous Rube Goldberg world record with a total of 244 steps when they got their machine up and running after the competition ended. The device shows the entirety of existence -- from the big bang to the forthcoming apocalypse -- and has many a bouncing ball bearing, and mechanized madness along the way. Congratulations to the winning team, and your prizes are, I'm sure, in the mail. Unfortunately, the delivery process will take well over 200 steps, so don't hold your breath. (via Neatorama)

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  9. Get Your Photo Taken Rube Goldberg-Style [Video]

    Alex Crawford and Austin Nelson have now probably become very, very good at setting up dominos, which are key to their Rube Goldberg contraption. Their device requires at least two people; the first triggers an instamatic camera which starts the device moving. The other person (or people) sit off to the side where they await the dominos and marbles to reach their final destination and trigger the second camera. It's very clever, and seems almost manageable in terms of size and complexity. Perhaps someone out there is looking for a nice, quiet weekend project? (via Neatorama)

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  10. Geekolinks: 1/30

    Skyward Sword getting "finishing touches" before release (Destructoid) Welcome to ChatotRoulette! (Dueling Analogs) Gene Roddenberry's original pitch for Star Trek (PDF) (Lee Thomson) Rock Band can actually teach you how to play actual drums (Destructoid) The Japanese Spider-Man is exactly as intense as you'd expect (YouTube) How to make 6 different Rube Goldberg machines (Geeks Are Sexy) Muppets made out of balloons! (Black Cat Balloon Company on Flickr) (Pic via Cake Wrecks)

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