Last Saturday, we announced our first-ever "Feel Art Again" contest, challenging our readers to design Rube Goldberg devices. Entrants were asked to "draw as complex a device as you can think of for a very simple task. The more complex the device or the funnier the device/task/situation, the better." And the winner is....
The Winner: Victor
"My design is for a cheese powered well. The clock has a knife as the minute hand so that every hour it cuts a slice of cheese off that falls into the basket in front of the hampster. The hampster then runs in his cage which has a wedge wrapped around it so that it pumps the bellows for the fire under the tea kettle. The fire makes the water boil and the steam goes through a pipe outside to push against a paddle wheel. As the steam turns the paddle wheel the gears on the wheel turn another gear which in turn turns another gear that turns a spindle the raises and lowers a bucket into a well."
Victor wins a copy of Secret Lives of Great Artists: What Your Teachers Never Told You About Master Painters and Sculptors by Elizabeth Lunday, who writes the "Masterpieces" column for mental_floss magazine. You can pick up your own copy from Quirk Books.
Honorable Mention: Therese
"This is a Wind-Powered Page-Turner. The user sits in the comfortable armchair. He can either place his copy of mental_floss magazine (or other reading material) into the holder that attaches to the sides of the chair or hold it in his hand. When he is ready to turn the page, he simply pedals with his feet on the pedals that extend out from the bottom of the chair. The pedals are attached to a bar that rises and falls as he pedals, in turn powering a gear that, in turn, powers a fan. The wind from the fan is directed, by means of an attached funnel, toward the magazine. The burst of air coming through the properly adjusted funnel will turn the page. This enables the reader to keep his hands free for drinking and snacking... and may even help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome that could result from repeated page-turning."
Thanks go out to everyone who entered! If you'd like to see more "Feel Art Again" contests (or just drawing contests in general), let us know in the comments.
To learn more about Rube Goldberg, read our two Saturday posts: The Incomparable Rube Goldberg and Rube Goldberg, part 2. To watch some Rube Goldberg devices in action, head to Jason English's video-packed post.