Tuesday, 12 May 2015

ABC Wednesday, R for Rube Goldberg

 Do you remember that I showed some cartoons by Heath Robinson (31 May 1872 – 13 September 1944) last year September ? I got several comments mentioning an American cartoonist, whose devices where just like those of Heath Robinson : complicated and too difficult to do simple jobs. His name entered the dictionary expressing that a device is impractical. The same happened with Rube Goldberg.

Wikipedia says:" Reuben Garrett Lucius Goldberg was born July 4, 1883 in San Francisco California to Jewish parents Max and Hannah Goldberg."

"A Rube Goldberg machine, contraption, invention, device, or apparatus is a deliberately over-engineered or overdone machine that performs a very simple task in a very complex fashion, usually including a chain reaction. The expression is named after American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg (1883–1970).
Over the years, the expression has expanded to mean any confusing or complicated system. For example, news headlines include "Is Rep. Bill Thomas the Rube Goldberg of Legislative Reform?"and "Retirement 'insurance' as a Rube Goldberg machine".

With thanks to Denise Nesbitt,  who created ABC, and Roger, who took over from her. For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar. This week we are looking for words beginning with R


Reader Wil said...

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Great subject of the day, Wil

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Roger Owen Green said...

I LOVE Rube Goldberg devices. Such imagination and skill to do so little!

Hildred said...

Great choice for R, Wil, - don't we all get carried away sometimes!!! Probably not as extravagantly as Rube Goldberg..

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I definitely remember the other post and think I was one who commented about how Heath Robinson reminded me of him. I remember googling heath Robinson too.

Smiling all around. (although I don't agree with whatever right-wing politician made that comment about health insurance, but I certainly know what he thinks about it from the reference and that's the point here of course.)

Shady Gardener said...

Rube Goldberg inventions are hilarious! It is amazing to see what people devise!! Thanks for your post!

Beverley Baird said...

I've never heard of him - but you certainly had an informative post about him. Thanks!

Gattina said...

The least I can say he had a lot of imagination !

ABC Team

Obsessivemom said...

I love it Wil. The kids and I built Goldberg's machines many times with Zunga pieces and Carrom board counters and nothing else that could stand. It's absolute fun.

Trubes said...

Sounds and looks like a zany inventor!
Another informative and most interesting story Wil,
Thanks for sharing it with us,
Best wishes,

ABCW team.

Anonymous said...

you covered lots of R's! Very interesting...

Joy said...

I loved those little films. I'd never heard of him but always enjoy seeing things like that in action. I suppose the nearest equivalent today is Wallace's inventions in the Wallace and Gromit films by Aardman Animation.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

I have never been able to complete a rubik cube from when it started. Have you?

Anita (Rosy) said...

Wow what talent he has, enjoy watching.

Thank you for sharing.

ChrisJ said...

Thanks for that explanation. Interesting.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Rube Goldberg would have definitely been someone I would've loved to have dinner with.
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Kay said...

That's such a fun Rube Goldberg video.

Unknown said...

Sommige mensen hebben zo'n creatieve geest dat je er bijna jaloers op zou worden hè

Fijn weekend WIll