Sunday, July 4, 2010


Hello Everyone. Your humble Editor-In-Chief Lee Houston, Junior here. Both Ms. Waxy Dragon and Autumn the Puppy have the weekend off.

It is the Fourth of July here in America, a subject I discuss in more detail within the post above this one. Suffice to say that there is a lot of aspects to this holiday covered throughout not only the comics within your local newspaper, but elsewhere today.

Google has an interactive logo today to not only celebrate the Fourth, but also to commemorate the life of comedic inventor Rube Goldberg, who was born upon this date in 1883.

Both a cartoonist and a degreed engineer, Goldberg became famous for creating complex machines do perform simplistic tasks that became known as Rube Goldberg machines.

Like in the example image above, the Rube Goldberg device pictured contains 13 steps just to operate a napkin without the diner using their own hands.
And that's one of the smaller ones!

Besides the aforementioned Google logo, if you've every played the board game Mousetrap, or been a fan of any of the inventions within the various Wallace and Gromit features, those are examples of a Goldberg machine.

Just another slice of Americana to share with our world wide audience this weekend.

(Image copyrighted by the Rube Goldberg Estate and found on the Internet.)

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