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World’s slowest Rube Goldberg machine takes 6 weeks to do its thing

Anything that could slow it down does.


Michelle Jaworski

Internet Culture

Published Oct 28, 2015   Updated May 27, 2021, 5:56 pm CDT

Here’s one Rube Goldberg machine that will take its sweet time to get an object where you need it to go.

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Inventor Bob Partington teamed up with Field Day to build a Rube Goldberg machine with as many obstacles to slow down a golf ball as possible. We don’t have to watch paint dry, but we do have to wait for a turtle to walk over to some food, for ice pops to melt, and for grass to grow, among other obstacles.

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Even after six weeks of Rube Goldberg-y processes, it’s still not guaranteed to produce results.

That’s gonna be one hell of a contraption to reset.

Screengrab via Field Day/YouTube

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*First Published: Oct 28, 2015, 1:02 pm CDT