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The Most Astounding Rube Goldberg Devices Ever Created

The Most Astounding Rube Goldberg Devices Ever Created

Even if you don't recognize the term Rube Goldberg machine, chances are you still know what it is. Named after a popular engineer turned cartoonist (and sometimes nicknamed "mousetrap machines"), a Rube Goldberg device is a complicated series of gadgets that function together to perform a task in the most convoluted of ways. These ingenious devices are a marvel to the human eye, and have sparked some of the most amazing videos on the web. If you're still not sure just what we're talking about, just take a look at these amazing videos featuring the most astounding Rube Goldberg devices ever created!

1. The RedBull "Human Powered" Rube Goldberg Machine

This incredible video is one of the most complex Rube Goldberg devices ever filmed. It combines acrobatics and stunt-work with exceptional design and timing. Devised by Parkour fanatic Jason Paul, this "free-running" contraption has it all, from rockets, to enormous falling shipping containers, to inflatable dolphins on bikes.

2. The 2D Photography Rube Goldberg Machine

This exceptional piece of entertaining ingenuity employs nearly every doo-dad and doo-hickey you can think of having to do with cameras and photography. From lens caps to tripods to digital camera cards and beyond, this awesomely inventive machine is a feast for the eyes!

3. The Guiness World Record Breaking Purdue Rube Goldberg Machine

The 2011 Purdue University Rube Goldberg machine shattered the world record for most steps ever successfully completed by such a machine. In 244 steps, the "Time Machine" traces the history of the world from Big Bang to the Apocalypse, before accomplishing the assigned everyday task of watering a flower. The record has been sanctioned by the Guinness Book of World Records and the World Records Academy.

4. The OKGO super duper This Too Shall Pass Rube Goldberg Machine

With over thirty seven million views and growing, this music video by YouTube darlings OkGo might just be the world's most viewed Rube Goldberg machine of all time. The machin was devised by the band was built with the aid of Syyn Labs over the course of several months. The final product is nothing short of one of the most entertaining music videos of all time.

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Vadim Newquist is a writer, director, actor, animator, fire fighter, stunt driver, martial arts instructor, snake wrangler and time traveling bounty hunter who scales tall buildings with his bare hands and wrestles sharks in his spare time. He can do ten consecutive backflips in one jump, make cars explode with his mind, and can give fifty people a high-five at once without even lifting his hands. He holds multiple PhDs in nuclear physics, osteopathic medicine, behavioral psychology, breakdancing, and chilling out. He currently resides in Gotham City inside his stately mansion with his butler Alfred and his two cats.

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