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Watch the world's most complex Rube Goldberg machine in action

Yesterday, Purdue University's Society of Professional Engineers broke a world record, creating the world's largest Rube Goldberg device. "Largest" here means containing the most steps, and Purdue's machine goes through 300 steps to inflate and then pop a balloon. The previous record-holder? Purdue University, which debuted its 232-step Rube Goldberg machine just last year. [via The Awesomer]

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Would 301 steps, the first being "place the video camera on a tripod" have been too much to ask?

While I admire their complexity, the shaky cam only made it harder to follow what was not a very easy to follow set of connections. Too many of what looked like electrical switches bridging between steps, where there isn't any action for the eye to follow. On the other hand, the rotating sections coming into play, each in turn, was pretty cool to see.