World's Slowest Rube Goldberg Machine

How would you design a chain reaction that takes six weeks to complete? Bob Partington of Field Day did it. My question was how do they expect us to sit through the video? But that’s easy, because the slower parts of it are time-lapsed, with a clock in the corner to indicate when and how much time is compressed.

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Part of this involves filling a trough with enough molasses to float a boat. Slowly. A tortoise has to carry the ball for a while. Popsicles have to melt. And the last “slowness” gimmick is a real doozy. I'm just glad they didn't recreate the Pitch Drop experiment, which would have taken years. Partington has a behind-the-scenes video in which he explains the design process. -via Viral Viral Videos

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