Today’s Movie Monday is a compilation of the top ten (as voted upon by a panel consisting of myself) Rube Goldberg machines ever created (and posted on YouTube). For those of you who don’t know, Rube Goldberg machines are “exceedingly complex devices that perform simple tasks in very indirect and convoluted ways”, and are an idea originally conceived by Rube Goldberg, a famous cartoonist. The only qualification for the list was that it had to use real objects, because a computerized Rube Goldberg machine is just plain cheating. Enjoy.
10. Tim Fort’s Kinetic Art – Though mostly a dominoes device, the sheer magnitude of this creation earned it a spot on the list.
9. Ramen Noodle Machine – Since Ramen Noodles are supposed to be an easy and quick meal, the idea of making it as complex as possible put this on the list.
8. Beer Pouring Machine – Who said beer drinking is only for the lazy?
8.5 (Honorable Mention). Beer Pouring Machine From Waiting – Good, but I just wish it were a little bit longer.
7. Office Place Contraption – I love all of the everyday objects used in this one.
6. Jackass 2 Alternate Ending – This one’s great because it used real people.
5. Mythbusters Machine – I love this show, and these guys put some great stuff into their machine.
4. Sticks And Stones – This one’s great because it only uses things that can be found in nature.
4.5 (Bonus). Sticks And Stones How To – A how to guide to the previous machine.
3. Alarm Clock – Not only does this machine wake you up, it also does your chores and cooks you breakfast. Can you ask for more than that?
2. Pitagora Suicchi – The best of a Japanese show about Rube Goldberg machines. Some of these are so unique.
And the number one Rube Goldberg machine of all time is…
1. Honda’s Cog Commercial – Honda spent a reported million dollars to get all of these parts from a Honda Accord to link together, and the results are amazing. Keep in mind, these are actual parts and no editing was used to make all of this work together.
So there you have it. A top ten to top all top tens. What did you think? Did you agree with my choices? Is there a machine you can’t believe I left out? I’d love to see some more great machines, so let me know.