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Rube Goldberg

  (American informal)
a Rube Goldberg piece of equipment or plan is very complicated and not very practical
Usage notes: Rube Goldberg was an American who drew funny pictures for newspapers showing complicated inventions.
They use a Rube Goldberg type contraption to open and close the farm gate. The city is not well served by this Rube Goldberg scheme for economic development.
See also: rube
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For more on Rube Goldberg and the contest that bears his name, visit: www.
The contest is a tribute to Pulitzer Prize winning artist and engineering student Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) and his "invention" cartoons which satirized the complexities of new technology by featuring absurd contraptions designed to perform simple tasks.
The Rube Goldberg invention included a number of New York-inspired steps including the New Year's Eve ball dropping over Times Square and King Kong scaling the Empire State Building.
The release said a team from Purdue Society of Professional Engineers held the current world record, set in 2012, for the largest Rube Goldberg chain reaction machine.
Written and illustrated by Mark David for the delight and entertainment of children ages 3 to 8, "Crazy Cars For Crazy Kids" offers a series of Rube Goldberg style conveyances ranging from vehicles that allow you to ride a rollercoaster while stuck in traffic, fish while you drive, fuel your car with cows milk, go whitewater rafting without leaving your car, and so much more wacky, weird, and wonderful things to do when driving the highways and byways of city and country roads.
Eighth-graders use Sketchy to draw and animate outlandish devices for the simplest tasks created by the late cartoonist Rube Goldberg, such as a contraption to open a refrigerator or trap mice, Melton says.
Perhaps the biggest problem was the Rube Goldberg command structure created by Gen.
A convoluted game of interplanetary pinball worthy of a Rube Goldberg contraption.
I just didn't imagine that there was some sort of Rube Goldberg huge manual that I had to satisfy at peril of my financial future and life to exercise my First Amendment rights," Howard says.
They sheepishly squeeze performance out of antiquated, Rube Goldberg style machinery, all the while knowing that only radical productivity measures will ensure the long-term survival of their company.
The cartoonist Rube Goldberg was famous for throwing away all he owned every two years.
The following high schools won grants via the Rube Goldberg Machine Challenge:
They got around by bicycle, tricycle, horse carts, rickety trucks and cars, or whatever else moved, including ingenious Rube Goldberg contraptions propelled by kerosene or charcoal engines.
Organisms are Rube Goldberg machines; the jawbone of an early fish became the inner ear of a mammal.
the nation's leading shredder company, announced today that it will sponsor the 23rd annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest on April 1 at Indiana's Purdue University.