The late cartoonist Rube Goldberg, known for his drawings of absurdly complex devices that perform otherwise simple tasks, inspired this cocktail-mixing machine, which allows a seedless cucumber to travel through a matrix of cups until finally sliced and ready to garnish a vodka lemonade. You could probably fix the same drink—with just your hands—in about a minute, but why would you ever do that? The viewing experience is all the more enjoyable with polka music playing at the end.

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