Rube Goldberg Competition, 11/20

This Monday, Nov. 20, from 3:00 – 6:00, in the multi, the annual physics Rube Goldberg Competition will be held in the Student Union.

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“The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest (RGMC) is named after the late cartoonist Reuben Lucius Goldberg. Having died in 1970, he lives on in the RGMC as puzzling machines with crazy mechanisms are built in the spirit of his illustrations.

For 55 years the award-winning engineer turned cartoonist drew machines and contraptions that satirized the new machines and gadgets being built. His drawings, using simple gadgets and household items already in use, were incredibly complex and wacky, but had an ingenious, logical progression to them. Goldberg’s inventions became so widely known that Webster Dictionary added the term “Rube Goldberg” to its listings, defining it as ‘accomplishing by extremely complex, roundabout means what seemingly could be done simply.'”

The theme for this year’s contest is “Ruffle Some Feathers.” This is meant in the literal sense of a bird ruffling its feathers (poor turkeys).

Hope to see you there!

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