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LurpCrawn
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11:55:43 AM Mar 3rd 2014
Is this an appropriate example, or is this a different trope?

  • Subverted in the Phineas and Ferb episode, "I, Brobot". After Phineas explains his plans to build 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.
    Phineas: I'm so glad we used our new android building device instead of that old dinosaur.
MikeRosoft
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12:33:47 PM Feb 29th 2012
Removed:
  • Timepieces that rely on complex clockwork mechanics are a Double Subversion. They're needlessly complex given what they're built for, sure, but that doesn't stop them from being a practical solution. On the other hand, does time really need to be told with complicated machines if one can just walk outside and observe his own shadow, or turn over an hourglass?
A Rube Goldberg device is something needlessly complex to perform the task. If the complex clockwork is what it takes for the watch to run as advertised, it's not an example.
MikeRosoft
10:28:59 PM Feb 29th 2012
Likewise removed:
  • Biological processes on a molecular level. Although...

memetics
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09:24:58 AM Dec 10th 2010
Advertising: "This commercial for the Honda Accord: Apart from merging footage from two shots, there's no CGI involved. Three Accords were cannibalized for the commercial." Looking at the way the tires move uphill against gravity, and a couple of other physics-failing but subtle bits in the ad, I'd question the "no CGI" assertion. Can anyone confirm this, or can the point please be edited to remove the questionable assertion?
165.124.112.63
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05:50:16 PM Aug 4th 2010
I've never heard this called anything but a Rube Goldberg contraption. Why the obscure name?? Is the grandchild of Mr Robinson a troper?
memetics
09:23:57 AM Dec 10th 2010
I agree; would like more info. on main section about why "Robinson"; otherwise, I'd suggest renaming to "Rube".
Camacan
moderator
07:58:30 PM Jul 26th 2011
It got renamed to Rube Goldberg Device.
griffinmills
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08:09:23 PM May 8th 2010
Only on tvtropes...
griffinmills
08:10:05 PM May 8th 2010
...would someone take something that HAS A COMMON NAME ALREADY and rename it to something nobody will know wtf they are talking about, kudos.
Camacan
moderator
07:58:16 PM Jul 26th 2011
It got renamed to Rube Goldberg Device.
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