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  1. Rube Goldberg machinenoun

    A comical, overcomplicated machine which performs a simple task.


  1. Rube Goldberg machine

    A Rube Goldberg machine, contraption, invention, device, or apparatus is a deliberately over-engineered or overdone machine that performs a very simple task in a very complex fashion, usually including a chain reaction. The expression is named after American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg. Over the years, the expression has expanded to mean any confusing or complicated system. For example, news headlines include "Is Rep. Bill Thomas the Rube Goldberg of Legislative Reform?" and "Retirement 'insurance' as a Rube Goldberg machine".

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rube goldberg machine in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rube goldberg machine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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  • آلة غولدبيرغ روبArabic
  • Rube Goldberg strojCzech
  • Rube Goldberg-maskineDanish
  • Rube Goldberg-MaschineGerman
  • rube goldberg μηχανήGreek
  • دستگاه گلوببرگ rubePersian
  • rube goldberg koneFinnish
  • rube goldberg machineFrench
  • mesin rube goldbergIndonesian
  • macchina rube goldbergItalian
  • rube apparatus GoldbergLatin
  • rube goldberg machineDutch
  • rube goldberg maskinNorwegian
  • maszyna Rube GoldbergPolish
  • Máquina de goldberg rubePortuguese
  • rube goldbergRomanian
  • Rube Goldberg maskinSwedish
  • ரூப் கோல்ட்பர்க் இயந்திரம்Tamil
  • రూబ్ గోల్డ్‌బెర్గ్ యంత్రంTelugu
  • เครื่องภูเขาน้ำแข็งทองคำThai
  • rube goldberg makinesiTurkish
  • rube goldberg máyVietnamese
  • קוב גאָלדבערגYiddish
  • 盧德·戈德堡機Chinese

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