Rube Goldberg 'Something for Nothing' 1940 GM How Gasoline is Converted to Engine Power
"Cartoonist Rube Goldberg creates a little animation to explain how fuel is converted to
power in the modern automobile engine."
Public domain film from the Library of Congress Prelinger Archive, slightly cropped to
remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and mild video noise reduction
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping
reduction, and equalization.
Reuben Garrett Lucius Goldberg (July 4, 1883 -- December 7, 1970) was an American
cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer and inventor.
He is best known for a series of popular cartoons depicting complex gadgets that perform
simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways. These devices, now known as Rube Goldberg
machines, are similar to those drawn by W. Heath Robinson in the UK and Storm P in
Denmark. Goldberg received many honors in his lifetime, including a Pulitzer Prize for his
political cartooning in 1948 and the Banshees' Silver Lady Award 1959.
Goldberg was a founding member and the first president of the National Cartoonists
Society, and he is the namesake of the Reuben Award, which the organization awards to
the Cartoonist of the Year. He is the inspiration for various international competitions,
known as Rube Goldberg Machine Contests, which challenge participants to make a
complex machine to perform a simple task.