A cabal of engineers from the Purdue Society of Professional Engineers and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers has broken the world record for a Rube Goldberg contraption, executing a review of history from the Big Bang to the Mayan 2012 apocalypse in 244 steps — to water a single flower. The Rube Goldberg competition …
How do you judge it?
Surely there's a hint of just being able to describe simple things in as many actions as possible? You could describe that entire machine as 2 actions ("Describes history briefly, waters plant"), or as a few billion ("electron A interacts with electron B in a water droplet a few cm above the plant"...).
How to beat the record
1.Take each of the competitors
2. add something to the end of each to trigger the start of the next
I thought the video for Invincible by Muse did it far better, especially as it used Playmobile figures.
Heath Robinson (Brit) did this first and better, but Rube Goldberg (Yank) gets the fame.
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