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Fools pop a balloon in 300 steps and set a world record

“Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple.” - Woody Guthrie

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The Purdue Society of Professional Engineers team smashed its own Guinness world record for largest Rube Goldberg machine with a 300-step behemoth that flawlessly accomplished the simple task of blowing up and popping a balloon.

The team spent more than 5,000 hours constructing the machine that accomplished every task ever assigned in the competition's 25-year history, including peeling an apple, juicing an orange, toasting bread, making a hamburger, changing a light bulb, loading a CD and sharpening a pencil.

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Added: Apr-11-2012 Occurred On: Mar-31-2012
By: splitscreen
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Tags: Rube, Goldberg
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana, United States (load item map)
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