The World’s Most Complex Rube Goldberg Machine [Video]

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This record smashing Rube Goldberg developed by engineering students at Purdue University takes you on a journey from the Big Bang to the Apocalypse in 244 easy steps—culminating in the watering of a flower. That beat the existing record of 230 steps set last year by students at Michigan’s Ferris State University.

When all was said and done, it took five months of work to build the machine’s 10 modules. It’s actually pretty smooth despite all of the complexity—there is even a CO2 rocket ship launch at the 1:30 mark.

From now on, whenever I need to know something about history I am going to consult this machine and my ever expanding collection of horror novels. Nothing this magnificent could ever steer me wrong. Check out the video after the break.

(Perdue University via Popular Mechanics)

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