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How to change your flashight batteries (NOT!)

by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / April 10, 2005 11:47 PM PDT
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(NT) (NT) thats cool
by Mark5019 / April 11, 2005 12:00 AM PDT
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I love this kind of stuff, DK
by MarciaB / April 11, 2005 12:02 AM PDT

Seeing young people exercising their minds - and having a good time doing so Happy

From the photo caption:
The competition pays homage to the late cartoonist Rube Goldberg, who specialized in drawing whimsical machines with complex mechanisms to perform simple tasks. This year's contest required teams to build machines that could remove two batteries from a flashlight, replace them and then turn on the flashlight. While the competition required a minimum of 20 steps to complete the task, this year's winning machine used 125 steps.

Goldberg? ....... one of a kind. In fact, the cool Honda ad "Cog", that we have shared here in SE, is based on "the most elaborate Rube Goldberg device you've ever seen set to film". For those who haven't seen it:

Have a good Monday,


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(NT) (NT) I found the contest homepage -- no photos :-(
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / April 11, 2005 3:35 AM PDT
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CNN link, one picture...
by Dick White / April 11, 2005 4:52 AM PDT
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We actually had a one hour lecture/demo
by Jerry562 / April 11, 2005 5:20 AM PDT

of a manual flashlight battery change in instructor training school. They were graded on instructor ability.

I remember the man not touching the batteries for fear he might get leaking acid on his bare hards and lubricating the threads of the flashlight with the graphite of a #2 lead pencil, between nodding off several times.

I love this stuff too.

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