The Rube Goldberg Machine is named after the famed American cartoonist, Reuben Garrett Lucius Goldberg. Reuben was born on July 4, 1883 and died December 7, 1970. He is well known for his series of cartoons depicting overly-complicated machines performing simple tasks, such as an automated napkin. In the UK they are know as Heath Robinsons, named after Heath Robinson for drawing similar cartoons. Today these contraptions are well known, and even appear in popular games such as "Mouse Trap" and TV shows like "The Little Rascals". There is even a contest for young students to display their creative and mental skills in a competitive way. My Rube Goldberg Machine in particular took 2 weeks of planning and testing, 50 feet of rope, and a whole role of Duct tape until I got the end result. I highly suggest making a Rube Goldberg Machine of your own, because if you are like me you will appreciate the challenge that it brings.