There aren’t many people out there who can say that watching a good Rube Goldberg machine isn’t seriously hypnotizing.
For those who don’t know, Rube Goldberg was an American cartoonist and is known by many as the “father of invention” for his series of comics illustrating complex, over-engineered devices with the objective of completing a simple task.
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Like a domino effect, each activates the next to reach a very simple conclusion like turning the page of a newspaper. And once they start, it’s almost impossible to peel yourself away from the anticipation of what’s going to happen next.
Check out 10 of the best contraptions ever posted on the internet.
The Page Turner
To get this simple chain reaction started, artist Joseph Herscher takes a sip of his coffee while reading the paper. By the time he has finished reading the page, the machine flips over to the next page.
The Athlete Machine
Red Bull have integrated pro skateboarding, extreme biking, race car driving, and helicopters into their Rube Goldberg creation. The athletic skill and creative genius combined makes this Goldberg invention just brilliant.
OK Go – This Too Shall Pass
The Chicago band OK Go took things to a new level with their creative Rube Goldberg invention. Taking four months to shoot and over 50 million views on YouTube, this video features artistic treadmill dancing, a moving car, and a falling piano which makes it simply awesome to watch.
Melvin the Machine
While Rube Goldberg machines are created to carry out a simple task that in the end is pretty useless, it’s the precision and engineering that makes each invention a brilliant spectacle.
3M Brand Machine
Who would have thought that Post-it notes and Scotch tape could make such a clever machine? The people at 3M collected over 25,000 Post-it notes, 300 feet of reflective sheet, 200 pounds of steel, 75 rolls of Scotch tape to create such an elaborate chain reaction.
Dog Goldberg machine
This contraption made by Beneful demonstrates that humans aren’t the only talent behind Goldberg machines. Puppies can do it, too. Completely dog-powered and overloaded with cuteness, this invention is too irresistible to watch.
A-Trak & Tommy Trash – Tuna Melt
With thousands of small working parts, this music inspired Goldberg machine was created for A-Trak and Tommy Trash’s music video “Tuna Melt.” All coming together to make, you guessed it, a tuna melt.
Isaac Newton vs. Rube Goldberg
While a lot of machines can be painfully detailed and seem to go on forever, 2D House kept their version of the Rube Goldberg machine short and sweet. With an incredible smooth flow and filmed upside down, this invention seems to defy the laws of gravity.
World’s Slowest Rube Goldberg
Inventor Bob Partington puts together some classically slow moving things to create the slowest Rube Goldberg machine ever.
What starts as a mini golf putt, his invention includes growing grass and a turtle that crosses the finish line and 6 weeks, 3 days, 7 hours and 2 minutes later it finally gets to the hole only to end with a hilarious surprise.
Set to the epic beats of Kayne West’s “Drive Slow.”
Magnets and Marbles
This mind-bending Rube Goldberg machine created by YouTuber Kaplamino involves the use of magnets and marbles and a bit of gravity to create some astounding sequences.