History Main / RubeGoldbergDevice

27th Dec '16 3:54:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''NotTheNineOClockNews'', the sequence starts with Rowan Atkinson as a bored policeman turning a handle. The camera follows the linkage from the handle, until it ends up at the rotating "New Scotland Yard" sign.
* ''UnchainedReaction'' has Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman from ''Series/MythBusters'' hosting teams that compete to build these.
* In an episode of the 80s revival ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]]'' ("The Curious Case of Edgar Witherspoon") an old man has built an incredibly complicated device made of dangling interwoven parts made out of junk, claiming it needs to be maintained carefully or disasters will happen. A man sent to investigate him realizes that because the old man failed to add a part requested of him by an unseen and unheard guide, a small Pacific island was swallowed whole by a tidal wave, just as the old man said it would. [[spoiler: It turns out that he was fated all along to take the old man's place, rushing to a dumpster at the invisible guide's request to look for a broken doll and a tambourine, wondering how he'll find those before next Thursday...]]

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* In ''NotTheNineOClockNews'', ''Series/NotTheNineOClockNews'', the sequence starts with Rowan Atkinson as a bored policeman turning a handle. The camera follows the linkage from the handle, until it ends up at the rotating "New Scotland Yard" sign.
* ''UnchainedReaction'' ''Series/UnchainedReaction'' has Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman from ''Series/MythBusters'' hosting teams that compete to build these.
* In an episode of the 80s revival ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]]'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'' ("The Curious Case of Edgar Witherspoon") an old man has built an incredibly complicated device made of dangling interwoven parts made out of junk, claiming it needs to be maintained carefully or disasters will happen. A man sent to investigate him realizes that because the old man failed to add a part requested of him by an unseen and unheard guide, a small Pacific island was swallowed whole by a tidal wave, just as the old man said it would. [[spoiler: It turns out that he was fated all along to take the old man's place, rushing to a dumpster at the invisible guide's request to look for a broken doll and a tambourine, wondering how he'll find those before next Thursday...]]
15th Dec '16 5:21:42 PM nighttrainfm
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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Human Nature", the Doctor saves [[ItMakesSenseInContext a baby from a falling piano]] by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0kDw-WUmyg improvising]] such a contraption in a few seconds.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho':
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In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Human Nature", the John Smith (the Doctor in human form) saves [[ItMakesSenseInContext a baby from a falling piano]] by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0kDw-WUmyg improvising]] such a contraption in a few seconds. It's a pretty good sign the Time Lord is still in there somewhere.
7th Dec '16 12:22:44 AM kazokuhouou
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[[folder:Web Comic]]
* In ''WebComic/DumbingOfAge'' Carla constructs one that spells her name out in lasers, as well as a box that slams a pie into Mary's face. Why did she do that? Because there's nothing that pisses Mary off more than the fact that [[spoiler:a transwoman like]] Carla exists.
-->'''Carla:''' Oh, and I'll be billing you for the pie.
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15th Oct '16 11:26:04 AM Eddy1215
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** It's only discovered after Dexter leaves.

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** [[GaveUpTooSoon It's only discovered after Dexter leaves.leaves]].



* In first episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', Darkwing has a invention to make breakfast while training. Dodging knives, catching cereal shot from a gun, karate chopping oranges to make juice, dodging flames while using them to heat his eggs, etc. He also times himself while doing this. But he always forgets to grab the milk from the fridge, the punishment for which is the entire fridge launching into the air and landing on top of him. In the second episode, Gosalyn tries her hand at it and scores an impressive time, but she ''also'' forgets the milk, and Darkwing just so happens to be standing in the same spot he was before...

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* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', Darkwing has a invention to make breakfast while training. Dodging knives, catching cereal shot from a gun, karate chopping oranges to make juice, dodging flames while using them to heat his eggs, etc. He also times himself while doing this. But he always forgets to grab the milk from the fridge, the punishment for which is the entire fridge launching into the air and landing on top of him. In the second episode, Gosalyn tries her hand at it and scores an impressive time, but she ''also'' forgets the milk, and Darkwing just so happens to be standing in the same spot he was before...



* Subverted in the WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb episode, "I, Brobot". After Phineas explains his plans to build [[RobotMe robot versions of himself and Ferb]], you see a ridculous contraption, which includes a tuba, a plunger, and a banana peel. When Phineas and Ferb activate the robot building device, they turn ''away'' from the ridiculous contraption towards a simple box which the robots walk out of.

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* Subverted in the WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode, "I, Brobot". After Phineas explains his plans to build [[RobotMe robot versions of himself and Ferb]], you see a ridculous contraption, which includes a tuba, a plunger, and a banana peel. When Phineas and Ferb activate the robot building device, they turn ''away'' from the ridiculous contraption towards a simple box which the robots walk out of.
11th Sep '16 9:50:33 PM wolftickets1969
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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'''s Contraptions Workshop DLC allows you to build your own Rube Goldberg devices.
11th Sep '16 11:44:25 AM mrincodi
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* The music video for "An Honest Mistake" by The Bravery uses one of these.

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* The music video for "An "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8vzbezVru4 An Honest Mistake" Mistake]]" by The Bravery uses one of these.
11th Sep '16 11:39:33 AM mrincodi
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* The video for Semisonic's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgCVR2pjXc0 Chemistry]]" uses several simple Ruby Goldberg machines.
4th Sep '16 3:18:12 AM jamespolk
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** In "WesternAnimation/TweetiePie", Sylvester builds an elaborate device to lure Tweety out of his cage so a bowling ball will fall on him. Everything works perfectly, until the bowling ball somehow falls on Sylvester instead.
24th Aug '16 9:33:02 AM PixelKnight
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[BlatantLies Pure Simplicity.]][[note]]As you raise spoon of soup (A) to your mouth it pulls string (B), thereby jerking ladle (C) which throws cracker (D) past parrot (E). Parrot jumps after cracker and perch (F) tilts, upsetting seeds (G) into pail (H). Extra weight in pail pulls cord (I), which opens and lights automatic cigar lighter (J), setting off sky-rocket (K) which causes sickle (L) to cut string (M) and allow pendulum with attached napkin to swing back and forth thereby wiping off your chin. After the meal, substitute a harmonica for the napkin and you'll be able to entertain the guests with a little music.[[/note]] ]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[BlatantLies Pure Simplicity.]][[note]]As you raise spoon spoonful of soup (A) to your mouth it pulls string (B), thereby jerking ladle (C) which throws cracker (D) past parrot (E). Parrot jumps after cracker and perch (F) tilts, upsetting seeds (G) into pail (H). Extra weight in pail pulls cord (I), which opens and lights automatic cigar lighter (J), setting off sky-rocket (K) which causes sickle (L) to cut string (M) and allow pendulum with attached napkin to swing back and forth thereby wiping off your chin. After the meal, substitute a harmonica for the napkin and you'll be able to entertain the guests with a little music.[[/note]] ]]
11th Aug '16 3:11:21 AM Morgenthaler
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** Similarly, ''{{Trapt}}'' gives you large bonuses for setting up traps in such a way that a victim will fall into several in quick succession before getting flung into one of the mansion's in-built hazards.

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** Similarly, ''{{Trapt}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Trapt}}'' gives you large bonuses for setting up traps in such a way that a victim will fall into several in quick succession before getting flung into one of the mansion's in-built hazards.
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