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Rube Goldberg

Describing an unnecessarily complicated machine used for a simple task. Rube Goldberg was an American cartoonist known for drawing such contraptions. I just love these silly Rube Goldberg machines—it takes imagination to design something so complicated!
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hey, Rube!

A rallying cry for assistance when trouble breaks out. The phrase began in the days of touring carnivals and circuses. A carnival or circus performer or stagehand who found himself in an argument or altercation with patrons or other outsiders yelled, “hey, Rube,” the signal for his colleagues to run and help him out. An item in the Chicago Tribune in 1882 explained that “a canvasman watching a tent is just like a man watching his home. He'll fight in a minute if the outsider cuts the canvas [to sneak in], and if a crowd comes to quarrel—he will yell, ‘Hey, Rube!' That's the circus rallying cry, and look out for war when you hear it.” “Rube” might have been the name of an actual person summoned for assistance, although another possibility is that “rube” referred, as it still does, to country bumpkins; that is, to members of rural carnival and circus audiences who were likely to start trouble.
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Three years later, Rubes was Bottom in the Festival's North American premiere of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Rubes shared Don Alfonso with Peter Van Ginkel, but Van Ginkel was ill for part of the Eastern and nearly all of the Western tour and Rubes had to sing almost all 53 performances.
I have three primetime movie slots a week to fill, and a drama series," Rubes says.
Rubes buys 2,000 hours of programs in all categories except series.
Here they have a rogue's gallery of priceless rubes pitted against a woman who doesn't suffer fools or people smoking in her house or any of that ``hippity-hop'' music.
CONSIDER for a moment the rubes of River City, that early-1900s Iowa town immortalized in Meredith Willson's ``The Music Man'' for its gullible populace.
Despite Irons' portentous decree, maybe ``Waiting for Godot'' is just about two rubes with a lot of time on their hands who have nothing better to do than annoy one another or, lacking that, allow others to puzzle them.
It could be argued that our sophistication level has progressed - or regressed - to such a degree that the door slamming, pants dropping, mistimed entrances of a bunch of aristocratic rubes can now seem little more than quaint.
It's a debate heartily pursued that you won't find elsewhere on TV unless ``Crossing Over's'' host is baiting a few more rubes.
These rubes are folks who would otherwise be part of Jerry Springer's bread and circuses, but Dr.
When these high-minded rubes kneel in humble sincerity and recite the ``Fear no more the heat o' the sun'' eulogy, the gaping Luckman Auditorium feels as hushed and cozy as a chapel.
He convinced his Tribeca chef, Sebastian Carosi, and even one of his waiters to accompany him to the suburbs of la-la land where the sophisticated, traveled dwellers of Oak Park, North Ranch and other affluent neighborhoods would, hopefully, appreciate the trio's creative culinary and service efforts even more than those Portland rubes did.
In other words, charge the rubes in the burbs more for less.
But the filmmakers themselves often come off as a bunch of rubes, exposing every plot development long before it actually happens.
And how all the poor rubes who kept their money in interest bearing accounts are standing out by the mailbox waiting for the mailman to deliver their Social Security checks.