Rube Goldberg Device: shape candy
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#1 Apr 6, 2013
A Rube Goldberg machine, contraption, invention, device, or apparatus is a deliberately over-engineered or overdone machine that performs a very simple task in a very complex fashion, usually including a chain reaction. The expression is named after American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg (1883–1970)(source: Wikipedia).
One of the magical aspects of the Rube Goldberg device concept is that a given inventor can devise many many variations of a given model or maybe even change core concepts of a given model and hence create illustrious combinations of gadget-connected device causality presentations.
This is the essence of the so-called chain reaction and its models apply to chemistry, physics, and biology. One can use a Rube Goldberg model to study combinatorics or kinetics, among other things.
The Rube Goldberg machine is delicious, can be found in colorful versions in the children's toy market, and psychologically reflects the new age gadget marketability of the Hollywood (USA) movie "Toys" (1992).
Are they printing movie posters on hemp/recycled paper yet?
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