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adjective: Absurdly complex or impractical.
After cartoonist Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) who was known for his intricate drawings showing fantastically impractical contraptions to accomplish simple jobs. Earliest documented use: 1928.
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The British equivalent of the term is Heath Robinson.
"A Rube Goldberg solution to a simple problem, Sea Swap has proved too unstable for long-term practice."
Matthew Hipple; Sea Swap: It's a Trap; United States Naval Institute Proceedings; Jul 2013.
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. -William Blake, poet, engraver, and painter (1757-1827)