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The Wacky Inventions of Rube Goldberg

C. B. Gavant

Have you ever heard of a Rube Goldberg machine? A cartoonist, sculptor, and author, Rube Goldberg was famous for a comic strip that featured all kinds of hilarious inventions, all based on various chain reactions. His silly inventions were so popular that his name now means a “complicated task that does a simple thing.” Does that sound a little backwards? Perhaps it is. Here’s more about the man behind the now-famous Rube Goldberg machine.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Man behind the Machines In 1907, Rube moved to New York and began creating cartoons for several well-known newspapers. In 1915, his work was syndicated (sold to many different newspapers or magazines, to be published at the same time), and he became famous throughout the US. His early cartoons included Mike and Ike (They Look Alike), Boob McNutt, Foolish Questions, and Lala Palooza. His most famous cartoons, however, featured a professor named Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts, who created all sorts of zany inventions, ranging from “How To Get The Cotton Out Of An Aspirin Bottle,” to a “Self-Operating Napkin,” and a “Simple Fly Swatter” — all of which included crazy steps like wheels, gears, pails, handles, balls, boots, fuses, and even live animals!

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