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This Epic Rube Goldberg Machine Includes a Gravity-Defying Whiteboard Flip

As someone who still struggles to string a bunch of words together into cohesive sentences, I can’t even begin to wrap my brain around the thought processes required to plan and execute an elaborate Rube Goldberg machine like this. That whiteboard flip is at least worth a nomination for a Nobel Prize.

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It takes almost four minutes for this Japanese Rube Goldberg machine to completely play out, including a brilliant use of a clock’s second hand, and a sticky piece of paper stuck to a white board that helps a bunch of marbles completely ignore the laws of gravity. Isn’t it about time we got an entire TV channel dedicated to these?

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edgarthesafetyelephant
Edgar the Constricting Necktie

Can anyone explain what was happening on the flip side of the white board, starting at 1:10 when the marble is sent spinning and... hovering(?) on that white pad.

Otherwise, there were some very clever mechanisms in play on this one.