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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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Rube Goldberg

An intricate contraption, usually involving a chain reaction, that is designed to produce quite simple results. It is named for Reuben (“Rube”) Goldberg (1883–1970), who according to Willard Espy, prospered for more than fifty years by developing cartoon equivalents of the mountain that labored to give birth to a mouse. The name later was used to describe any overly confusing or overcomplicated system. Rube Goldberg machines have shown up in numerous films. In Back to the Future (1985), Doc Brown has a Rube Goldberg machine to start cooking his breakfast and feed his dog when the clock changes to a certain time in the morning. The term also has been used quite figuratively, as in “The Senator’s plans for health care reform resemble a Rube Goldberg.”
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Born in San Francisco in 1888 and graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in engineering, it is no surprise that Goldberg's academic roots informed his crowning artistic achievement: his invention drawings, which highlighted the unique burlesque of our modern age of invention while making him a cultural icon.
However, it seems that Goldberg truly came into his own when facing old age and death, and coming to grips with existential inevitability.
These people, Goldberg writes, are the intellectual heirs of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
The 41-year-old Goldberg said his older brother arranged his wedding around an Eagles game, and is still a season-ticket holder even though he lives in New York.
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The Pro Wrestling Sheet reported that Goldberg, now 49, will also appear in the WWE Royal Rumble in January at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
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