Monday, February 21, 2011

Lunedi Lunacy

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 the pendulum with the attached napkin to swing back and forth, thereby wiping chin.*

I always loved Rube Goldberg - and when I saw this video posted on Facebook by my friend Yannis I immediately thought: Lunacy but inspired! And obviously the guys at OK Go - who know a bit about inspired lunacy - thought the same thing.

Indeed anything inspired by Goldberg and his wonderful, ridiculous machines is bound to be lunacy.

*This is from the cover of a postcard book, published by Stewart, Tabori and Chang and compiled by Maynard Frank Wolfe from the Rube Goldberg Archives.

21 febbraio - Sant'Eleonora
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