My husband has jerry rigged a Bluetooth connection to his mobile in our ancient (pre-Bluetooth) Ford Fiesta.
“It’s very Heath Robinson,” he said.
I glared at him belligerently from my interrupted bubble bath.
“Who is Heath Robinson?” I asked timidly.
Apparently, I was thinking of Bear Grylls, a name I remember by Bear Growls.
“Oh my God,” ejaculated Husband in disbelieving horror, “Don’t tell me you don’t know who Heath Robinson is?”
I pondered this feeling insecure and stupid.
“Um, no. I know of Robinson Crusoe and Man Friday?”
“Ha!” he cried, “Well done. Exactly, Heath Robinson.”
“Um no,” I suggested, “It’s been a while since I read it, but as I remember Robinson Crusoe was not called Heath.”
“I shall go and Google it,” he exclaimed slamming the door and stomping off.
I gave a deep sigh of relief and sank back beneath the bubbles.
I enjoyed a few minutes respite before he was back.
This he time knocked, opened the door a crack and head hanging entered the bathroom.
“You were right,” he mumbled, “Heath Robinson was not Robinson Crusoe.”
It is probably not regarded as politically correct reading material these days.
He was called the Gadget King.
A sort of Dr Seuss inventor.
Heath Robinson was the original Rube Goldberg. Many of Heath’s inventions worked, they just expended an awful lot of energy to get the job done.
Rube Goldberg pioneered what is now the very successful Rube Goldberg Machine Contest.
The spirit of his cartoons inspires the contest’s weird machines and crazy mechanisms.
A good Rube Goldberg machine incorporates the everyday machines people are used to seeing and connects them in ways that may seem idiotic or ingenious.
You have to construct a machine that uses at least 20 individual steps to complete an assigned task.
Click here to read about the winner from 2011.
They had to create a machine to water a plant.
Watch it on YouTube.