Rude Goldberg was an American cartoonist, and is probably best known for his wonderous illustrations depicting unnecessarily complex machines and gadgets performing simple, everyday tasks.
These Rude Goldberg Machines have provided the basis and inspiration for kinetic artist Joseph Herscher‘s very own deliberately over-engineered and elaborate page turner. Takes reading the paper to another level, lovely stuff.
I think my favourite step is the boiling beaker that fills the increasingly heavy scourer with steam, a great touch!
If you fancy trying to create one of these yourself then check out the New York Times site for a full break down of how the machine works.