Rain Man Robot Builds Ramps With Thousands of Randomly Tossed Toothpicks

In what has to be one of the most wasteful ways to traverse stairs, Harvard's Self-organizing Systems Research Group has designed a robot that builds its own access ramps by randomly flinging thousands of glue-covered toothpicks. When the pile eventually solidifies, it provides a sturdy support for the robot to climb. » 10/11/12 11:20am 10/11/12 11:20am

Rube Goldberg Machine Is Made of 100,000 Toothpicks, Shaped Like San Francisco

Click to viewArtist Scott Weaver spent 35 years working on this toothpick structure of San Francisco, which required 100,000 toothpicks and has a ball that rolls through the entire thing in Rube Goldberg fashion. But perhaps the best part of this is Weaver's sentiment towards the project, when he mentions that he… » 7/25/08 6:20pm 7/25/08 6:20pm