Can you crack this?

This is one of the Rube Goldberg machines!

Rube Goldberg

(July 4, 1883 – December 7, 1970) was an American cartoonist who received a 1948 Pulitzer Prize for his political cartooning. He is best known for his series of popular cartoons depicting Rube Goldberg machines, complex devices that perform simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways.

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4 Replies to “Can you crack this?”

  1. Rube Goldberg created an umbrella that opens automatically when it rains!

    A is rain.

    B is some weight that would melt when it rains (mud or something). As the weight is gone, the lever goes up, activating C.

    C and D are connected so that when C is moved up D moves down.

    D rotates/ activates the wheel E.

    E is ignition for lighter.

    F is the lighter.

    G is the flame.

    H is the candle lighted by the lighter’s flame.

    I is the teapot that’s heated with candle flame.

    J is the steam out of tea pot

    K whistles to the steam

    L is the guy who is sleeping. Wakes up startled activating the lever

    M is the swing the guy uses to save from falling off

    N is the knife that cuts the rope while M is swinging.

    O is the thread/ rope releasing the balloon

    P is the balloon that goes up when the knife cuts the thread

    Q is the second thread which is still tied to the balloon. As the balloon rises, it open’s the bird’s cage and birds fly

    R is (/are) threads tied to the umbrella spokes. As the birds fly, umbrella opens!

  2. We’ll wait for a few more days, may be this weekend and see if someone can deduce what this machine is all about.

    If no guess/ response, I will explain 🙂

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