The Technion Menorah Lighter

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Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist in the early part of the twentieth century. You know all of those ridiculously complex mouse traps in Tom And Jerry? They are all based on the cartoons of Rube Goldberg. In Israel, the engineers at Technion constructed a Rube Goldberg machine as a ‘better Menorah lighter’ for Hanukkah. You can watch the whole ridiculously complex process below:

Catch all of that? Neither did we the first thirty times we saw it. That is the reason why we went frame by frame to explain exactly what just awesomely happened.

Step 1. Helium Balloons Knock Down Dominoes

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Step 2. Dominoes Release a Fan Cart

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Step 3. A String is Pulled Which Fires a Ball

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Step 4. The Balls Starts a Racecar

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Step 5. The Racecar Sets off a Pulley

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Step 6. The Pulley Drops Balls Into a Drain

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Step 7. They Weight Fires Another Ball

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Slide 8. Another Balll is Released on a Track

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Step 9. The Ball Pushes a Spaceship

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Step 10. The Spaceship Launches a Toy Truck

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Step 11. The Truck Starts a Bicycle Wheel

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Step 12. The Spinning Wheel Shoots a Ball

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Step 13. The Ball Starts a Computer

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Step 14. The Robotic Arms Lights a Candle

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Step 15. The Robotic Arm Then Lights Candles

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