Top 10: Rube Goldberg Machines

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Ever known somebody who makes things more complicated than they have to be?


Half Life 2 Rube Goldberg Contraptions


Ramen Cooking Rube Goldberg-like Video


Easter Themed Rube Goldberg Machine


Nearness, A Wireless Rube Goldberg Machine


Rube Goldberg Breakfast Machine


Make Podcast: Rube Goldberg Contraption Machine Made Out Of Sticks And Stones


Rube Goldberg-esque Room


Lego Rube Goldberg Machine


Trumer Beer Rube Goldberg Machine


Rube Goldberg Music Video

Did I miss a good one? Let me know, below!

26 thoughts on “Top 10: Rube Goldberg Machines

  1. David Seitz says:

    Although it a commercial for Honda I enjoy this one:

  2. Dethe Elza says:

    Can’t see the breakfast machine video. Was it the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang breakfast machine ( or the Wallace and Gromit breakfast machine? (

    1. Sean Michael Ragan says:

      Aye, sorry, was afraid that might happen. Are you trying to view it on an iPad or other iDevice? That one video is hosted on a Netherlands-based streaming site that does not seem to provide the new HTML-5 compatible video support that iPads require. And no, unfortunately, it isn’t either of the machines you’ve linked. Here’s a direct link to the video that might work for ya, though:

  3. Brad Czerniak says:

    Speaking of breakfast machines, how about the BTTF breakfast machine, or Peter Griffin’s?

  4. Jamie Zigelbaum says:

    I helped build the OK Go RGM, we studied the RGMs from PythagoraSwitch to gain inspiration. They are wonderful.

  5. Randy Addison says:

    This is so cool! I like the Japanese Rude Goldburg machines. Such a long journey for just preparing a bowl of ramen. lol

  6. paul says:

    Since Nearness uses a Transport for London Oyster card, I would contend that it is a Heath Robinson machine, not a Rube Goldberg one. (I would have said the same thing about Creme that Egg, but Kraft own Cadbury now).

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  9. Bettina Zinsli says:

    I really like Fischli Weiss’s “Lauf der Dinge” or “The Way things go”. They two Swiss artists who make great Rube Goldberg machines.

  10. Mark Perez says:

    you missed this one
    built years before OK GO…

  11. jshof45 says:

    the mythbuster’s mentos and diet coke one is awesome

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