World’s Largest Rube Goldberg Machine

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve got a real affection for the sort of obsessive folks who put together Rube Goldberg devices. Recently, a team from the Society of Professional Engineers at Purdue University set the world’s record for Goldberg devices with a machine that inflates and pops a balloon in 300 steps. It is gloriously excessive.

The only downside is that it is so complex that it’s impossible to keep track of what’s going on. Still, it’s dynamic enough to be fun to watch.!

Via io9

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  • vasaroti

    These machines could be used in school to teach integrated lessons. Have middle-schoolers build them. Then have lower grades watch it operate a few times, writing down each step they see. Everybody gets to examine the mechanics and physics involved.

  • Peter N

    At about :46, something on the left side rises up into a silver can. Wanna bet it’s the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary?