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Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist best known for his zany invention cartoons. He was born in San Francisco on the 4th of July, 1883 – and graduated from U. Cal Berkeley with a degree in engineering. His first job at the San Francisco Chronicle led to early success, but it wasn’t until he moved to NYC and began working for Hearst publications that he became a household name. Rube Goldberg is the only person ever to be listed in the Merriam Webster Dictionary as an adjective. It’s estimated that he did a staggering 50,000 cartoons in his lifetime.

And we just knew of him for his inventions…

  • A Rube Goldberg Machine is the name given to any mechanical system that is elaborate and complex and used to perform simple tasks.
  • He said that his inspiration for these machines was his fascination with technology and how people responded to it.
  • He believed that people often take complicated approaches to solving simple problems rather than taking the direct route and making their own lives easier.
  • He spent over 30 hours to perfect each drawing of the machines he illustrated in his comic strips.

Also, notable — His Foolish Questions have a snarky, ice box humor tone. You can read more here




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