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The Mother of all Rube Goldberg Machines!

DiscoblogBy Eliza StricklandMar 3, 2010 4:44 AM

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You've probably seen a Rube Goldberg machine in a science museum sometime, and watched with amusement while balls rolled down tracks or balloons inflated, triggering other mechanical events in a complicated chain reaction. But we guarantee you've never seen a Rube Goldberg machine quite like this. When the rock band OK Go, justly famous for its treadmill dancing video, decided to make a new music video for its song "This Too Shall Pass," the rockers tapped the artsy engineers at Syyn Labs to do something really special. The result was this 4-minute Rube Goldberg machine that plays part of the song, synchronizes with the beat, and involves the band members getting very messy. It runs the length of a two-story warehouse, and the action was filmed in a single shot. With no further ado, we give you: The mother of all Rube Goldberg machines.

Update: Check out the newest OK Go video, which warps time in many amusing ways. It also features a charismatic goose.

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