This Pancake-Making Rube Goldberg Machine Is So Much Fun

This stupidly complex contraption, called the Pancake-omatic, might not be the easiest way to make a pancake—but it's probably the most fun.


Dreamt up by a team of four design engineers, it took over 200 hours to construct and a further 100 to test. The result seems worth the effort, though: from the moment a hen lays an egg sat upon the throne, its journey to the frying pan is both seamless and entertaining.

Watch as the egg wobbles its way toward a hoist, to be cracked by a knife and whisked up, before finally being deposited into the frying pan where it belongs. The machine will be on display in London's Design Museum later this month. [YouTube via Daily Mail]

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Reader's guide for young people: Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was a cartoonist known for his drawings showing preposterously complicated, fanciful machines for doing very simple tasks. However, as this seems to be going on in England it should be called a "Heath Robinson" machine; he's the equivalent cartoonist there.