Here we have The Rube Goldberg Straw ($13.95). It is customizable straw consisting of 17 pieces. No longer must you be forced into a predefined determination of straw use. Thanks to advanced straw technology, you can now drink outside the juice box -- or glass or cup as the case may be.
This is not the first DIY straw-making kit we've seen, nor will it likely be the last. However, technology sometimes advances in strides and sometimes in baby steps. At this particular juncture of straw-related technology, we see an intersection of past ideas. But now there's a twisty part.
Previous iterations of construct-your-own straw sets have included bends, straightaways and U-turns along with the requisite connectors. Now, like a much needed rare part found in a Lego set, whatever the envisioned masterpiece is can be constructed -- but in this case it is more fun to submerge the resulting creation into juice, soda or chocolate milk than say, a Lego spaceship.
A hint of what is to come from this particular technology segment is embedded in the name of this product; Rube Goldberg was famous for his complicated whimsical designs that accomplished simple tasks. Clearly, there could be more (or any) magnets, springs, whistles and weights involved. Luckily, the technology exists; it will just take some cross-disciplinary focus to put it all together. Hopefully, some enterprising mind will be inspired by this very post. Go forth, young inventor; the future of humankind is in your hands.