Eat your heart out, Rube.

I just watched the longest Rube Goldberg machine I have ever seen. Do you think that someone could do it with fire, foaming chemical reactions, acid, dry ice, teapots as rockets, garbage bags as pendulums, and rolling cups that are about to fall off? Could they sustain a transfer of energy Rube Goldberg style for over 20 minutes? Have the time to find out?

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Karl Haro von Mogel

Karl Haro von Mogel serves as BFI’s Director of Science and Media and as Co-Executive Editor of the Biofortified Blog. He has a PhD in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from UW-Madison with a minor in Life Sciences Communication. He is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar researching citrus genetics at UC Riverside.

One thought on “Eat your heart out, Rube.”

  1. A couple of points:
    First, there was a significant amount of editing in that video, so either it didn’t all go in one take, or they edited out periods of time when they were waiting for reactions or processes to occur. Giving them the benefit of the doubt that it was the latter, then that really took a heck of a lot longer than twenty six minutes.
    Second, that doesn’t really count as a Rube Goldberg device because it does not accomplish a task of some kind. If it had lit someone’s cigarette at the end, or made toast, or something, then it would have been a Rube Goldberg device. As it was it was just a long and complex dominos demonstration. Impressive none the less.


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