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A twentieth-century American cartoonist and sculptor. He was famous for his humorous diagrams of incredibly intricate machines designed to carry out simple tasks.

Note: A “Rube Goldberg contraption” is a machine with many apparently extraneous parts, which appears to have been designed by patchwork.
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Goldberg, Rube

American cartoonist who satirized the American preoccupation with technology. His name became synonymous with any simple process made outlandishly complicated.

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