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The Perpetual Rube Goldberg Machine thread
« on: March 17, 2009, 07:45:32 PM »
New game: Create a perpetual Rube Goldberg machine that even the Energizer Bunny would be envious of.

The rules are simple:
Rule #1) Pick up where the last poster left off
Rule #2) Leave an open ending for the next poster to follow rule #1
Rule #3) Be as verbose or brief as you wish in your description of the next 'gear' / 'mechanism' of the machine, but only describe a single 'gear', not a series of two or more.
Rule #4) Try not to influence the next reply by ending with a partial description of the next mechanism (example: "...the ball rolled down into a large..."  the adjective 'large' here influences the poster into describing something large, rather than the next 'gear' / 'mechanism' being a complete surprise. )
Rule #5) Be sure there's activity (resulting directly from the previous activity, and encouraging the description of further activity) and not just some character description. This is a 'machine' in motion and so activity is essential, and at least sometimes involves actual mechanisms. :P  (p.s. - characters performing actions themselves is not against the rules, but try not to veer too off course.)
[ this rule created in response to http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,13367.msg411587.html#msg411587 ]

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"It all began one day on Gravity Hill. A young boy was having some simple fun rolling a ball 'uphill' to his friend, who would then kick the ball back 'downhill' to repeat the process. The friend 'uphill' had to soon leave though and this left the boy without anyone to conveniently return the ball back to him to continue the cycle. As he was pondering what to do next, he noticed a long pole sticking out horizontally from a mysterious nearby building with several pulleys attached to it and a nightmare tangle of rope wrapped around them. There were two long rope ends hanging from this contraption though, and this gave him an idea. By luck there was an old refrigerator laying on its side 'uphill' and when the door was opened it swung vertically upwards. By attaching one end of the rope to the door handle, and pulling on the other end of the rope, he could open the door to 'kick' the ball back 'downhill' to himself. It was a perfectly simple plan. So the boy, with more than a little effort, shoved the refrigerator into position and attached one rope end to the handle, and walked happily back 'downhill' to test his new invention. He rolled the ball 'uphill', and then as the ball came close to the door, he suddenly yanked down hard on the rope on his end. However the door and the rope attached to it did not budge, and the ball, after bouncing a couple of times, came to a stop against the refrigerator door. Instead of the desired effect, the boy heard a faint noise of activity within the building. Looking up, he saw belatedly that some of the rope around the pulleys above also led into the building, and one of them was still quivering from his recent tug. Fearing he may have set something in motion that might cause some damage, the boy rushed quickly into the building only to discover... "

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The Rube Goldberg Machine thread is now in motion...

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Note:

Having the boy from the beginning continue to follow the chain of 'gears' or 'mechanisms' beyond the building, or describing the 'gears' strictly from the boy's point of view, is not required. It was just a little story to kick things off that seemed better than something as simplistic as "You find a switch and flip it and..."  ...but hey if you feel creative enough, go for it. Other characters can even be introduced and removed at any time. The chain of 'gears' does not need to remain confined to the 'mysterious building' either of course.

Anyway, the assumption is that eventually the boy's device does work and the refrigerator door gets pulled open and kicks the ball back 'downhill' as was originally intended, but the real point of course is to see what happens in the interim, and perhaps what side effects, for good or ill, are created. :D

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--- Links for the lazy and uneducated :P ---
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rube_Goldberg_machine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravity_hill
« Last Edit: March 27, 2009, 08:39:23 PM by Jinto »


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Re: The Perpetual Rube Goldberg Machine thread
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2009, 03:54:22 PM »
That the rope was connected to the door of a cage that had been opened by his tug releasing a hungry raccoon that ran immediately to a plate of food that was precariously balanced atop a ........


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Re: The Perpetual Rube Goldberg Machine thread
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2009, 04:17:32 PM »
... boiled egg, which for some reason stood on its own.  But that was not the real mystery here, the boiled egg standing on end... no, it was ....
Now you see that evil will always triumph ... because good is dumb.


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Re: The Perpetual Rube Goldberg Machine thread
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2009, 04:21:09 PM »
a golf ball, a titleist 13 to be exact, which after the plate was empty rolled down a chute and into a giant..........


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Re: The Perpetual Rube Goldberg Machine thread
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2009, 04:22:38 PM »
.. whale's vagina, in which Popeye lives.  Popeye saw the golfball and ...
Now you see that evil will always triumph ... because good is dumb.


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Re: The Perpetual Rube Goldberg Machine thread
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2009, 04:29:18 PM »
...put it on the end of his pipe and blew it out the whales' spout where it...


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Re: The Perpetual Rube Goldberg Machine thread
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2009, 04:31:13 PM »
bounced. 


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Re: The Perpetual Rube Goldberg Machine thread
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2009, 04:32:13 PM »
.. and Olive Oyl caught it while suntannign on the beach.  She was now convinced that Popeye was cheating on her, and this did not sit well with her shapely self.  In order to get the evidence, she called ....
Now you see that evil will always triumph ... because good is dumb.


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Re: The Perpetual Rube Goldberg Machine thread
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2009, 04:39:00 PM »
Magnum P.I. who, with his trusty sidekick T.C. took the golfball back to the building and released down a flight of stairs to follow where it goes. He was shocked and appalled to find out that it........


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Re: The Perpetual Rube Goldberg Machine thread
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2009, 04:40:22 PM »
David Hasselhoff was there, hanging out with his Trans-Am.  Unfortnately, the golf ball rolled down the back of the Trans-am and into the floor of the building where...
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Re: The Perpetual Rube Goldberg Machine thread
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2009, 04:42:08 PM »
... Zak from saved by the bell was waiting in a Gimp outfit.  Next to him was Screech, with a whip.  Screech smiled as he took the golfball, and leering towards Zak ....
Now you see that evil will always triumph ... because good is dumb.


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Re: The Perpetual Rube Goldberg Machine thread
« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2009, 04:54:30 PM »
whipped the ball as hard as he could at zaCKs head causing it to ricochet off several walls and finally coming to rest ...........


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Re: The Perpetual Rube Goldberg Machine thread
« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2009, 04:59:11 PM »
...on the launch button of a model rocket that some kid had just finished setting up on the sidewalk outside the HQ building of Homeland Security...


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Re: The Perpetual Rube Goldberg Machine thread
« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2009, 05:02:01 PM »
.. which is administered by none other than Wilford Brimley.  Wilford had been on a tough case as of late, tracking the terrorist activities of a man known as Dick Van Patten.  Dick's latest terror activity included rocket launched assualts at the Dept of Homeland Security, and another just happened ...
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Now you see that evil will always triumph ... because good is dumb.


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Re: The Perpetual Rube Goldberg Machine thread
« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2009, 05:02:27 PM »
...releasing General Zod and his cohorts from the Phantom Zone (in exchange for giving Dick Van Patten control over Australia).  Zod declares dominion over the Earth, and orders President Obama to kneel before him.  Obama will have none of it, though, so he...
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Correction: the coat hanger should be upside down.