Monday, April 27, 2009

A Rube Goldberg corkscrew

Who doesn't love Rube Goldberg machines? (And if you don't know what I mean, check out Rube Goldberg--and his cultural legacy--on wiki)

According to the dictionary, a Rube Goldberg (machine) is a "comically involved, complicated invention, laboriously contrived to perform a simple operation." Enter the elaborate machine (above) designed to extract the cork from a wine bottle. It is actually an art installation and the creation of a British designer named Rob Higgs.

The video below is a little frustrating because it's very "arty" and you never get to see the whole contraption at once, but if you wait long enough (about 3 minutes) you'll see Bono turn the crank.

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