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One Badass Rube Goldberg Machine

Written by: Kompster

This video is 4 years old now but is still insane.  The band Ok Go wanted to create a Rube Goldberg machine  music video to promote a song they did at the time.  Watch closely as it was done in one shot with no edits.

Here’s a behind the scenes presentation on how they did it from a TED Talk by the video’s creator, Adam Sadowsky.

And if you are reading this asking yourself, ok cool, but what the heck does this have to do with competition? Well, check out the great Rube Goldberg Machine Competitions here on Kompster, posted by

Each year hosts student competitions to complete a simple task with an overly complicated machine. This year’s theme was “the mousetrap” won by the Western Sky Middle School.  Here’s their wining machine…


Let Ok Go inspire you for next year’s contest. The theme should be announced later this year but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning now. What would you add to the ultimate Rube Goldberg Machine?

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