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World Record Rube Goldberg Machine

(YouTube link) Purdue University’s Society of Professional Engineers broke its own world record Saturday by demonstrating a Rube Goldberg contraption with 300 steps. Not only that, they made it relatively compact, as these things go, by creating rotating courses that fold out on cue. All that just to blow up and pop a balloon! Link -via The [...]

Classic Comic Book Covers in Stained Glass

Brandon Michael, an art student at Purdue University, reproduced six classic superhero comic book covers in stained glass. Pictured above is a 1939 issue of Batman. I would love to see Ninja High School #1 in this medium. Link -via Nerd Bastards

The World’s Most Complex Rube Goldberg Machine

(YouTube link) Purdue University holds an annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest for students from colleges all over. A world record was set this year, as the Purdue Society of Professional Engineers and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers team of 17 students built a contraption that took 244 steps to water a flower. That beat the existing [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Weird College Football Trophies

Iowa is a state divided this weekend. Our two biggest schools – Iowa State and the University of Iowa – face off at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames tomorrow (that’s ISU turf). The winner not only gets bragging rights, but also the coveted Cy-Hawk Trophy. Ain’t she a beaut, Clark? OK, maybe it’s not the most [...]