Super Mario Rube Goldberg machine

Winner of contest follows the Super Mario Bros video game theme--complete with a castle, mushrooms, green pipes, and even an old SNES console connected to it.

Super Mario Rube Goldberg machine
Andy Colwell/Pennsylvania State University

A Rube Goldberg machine is something that does a simple task in a complex manner. You usually see these in cartoons or TV commercials, and they are always fun to watch. In a Rube Goldberg machine contest held at Pennsylvania State University, this entry took the top prize.

If you haven't already noticed, it follows the Super Mario Bros. video game theme--complete with a castle, mushrooms, green pipes, and even an old SNES console connected to it. Each team was tasked with building a device that utilizes a complicated engineering solution to reach the end result of replacing an ordinary lightbulb with a more efficient light source. It's a pity there are no videos of this in action--so just enjoy the still shot for now.

(Source: Crave Asia via Boing Boing Gadgets)

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