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Heath Robinson

Describing an unnecessarily complicated machine used for a simple task. Similar to "Rube Goldberg." Heath Robinson was an English illustrator known for drawing such contraptions. Primarily heard in UK. I just love these silly Heath Robinson contraptions—it takes imagination to design something so complicated!
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References in classic literature ?
The heath was covered with golden patches of flowering gorse, gleaming magnificently in the light of the bright spring sunshine.
I ran across the heath and peered through the trees.
Holmes pointed down the long tract of road which wound, a reddish yellow band, between the brown of the heath and the budding green of the woods.
As we turned the curve, the whole stretch of road between the Hall and the heath was opened up.
It showed no variation but of tint: green, where rush and moss overgrew the marshes; black, where the dry soil bore only heath.
While he was riding over the heath in the highest of spirits the mare suddenly said to her rider: 'You are the first person who has ever succeeded in outwitting the old witch Corva, and now you may ask what reward you like for your service.
He was the sort of man whom anybody could lead on a string to the North Pole; it was not surprising that an actor like Flambeau, dressed as another priest, could lead him to Hampstead Heath.
They were evidently sunk in conversation, and perhaps did not notice where they were going; but they were certainly going to the wilder and more silent heights of the Heath.
Perhaps he had dragged the two English policemen to the wastes of a nocturnal heath on an errand no saner than seeking figs on its thistles.
As they crossed the heath again on their way home they surprised the dwarf, who had emptied out his bag of precious stones in a clean spot, and had not thought that anyone would come there so late.
Six foxhounds burst at once upon the little heath, with mingling yelps of triumph.
And he carved out little wooden feet for her, and crutches, taught her the psalm criminals always sing; and she kissed the hand which had wielded the axe, and went over the heath.
The whole situation needed the most careful management lest it should degenerate into some degrading and disturbing exhibition such as the scene, which he could never think of without shame, upon the heath among the dead leaves.
Heath is the Social Studies Chair/GATE Facilitator at De Anza Middle School in Ontario, California.
Protecting false heath appeared difficult because, 2 decades ago, only Mother Nature could reliably grow it.