Sunday, January 10, 2010

Do you know a Rube Goldberg machine when you see one?

As defined by Merriam-Webster (Who is M-W? A word conscious husband and wife team perhaps? How nerdy and intellectual of them.): "Rube Goldberg"- accomplishing something simple through complex means.

"Professor Butts and the Self-Operating Napkin"

The "Self-Operating Napkin" is activated when the soup spoon (A) is raised to mouth, pulling string (B) and 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 skyrocket (K) which causes sickle (L) to cut string (M) and allow pendulum with attached napkin to swing back and forth, thereby wiping chin.

A metaphor for life perhaps?

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