Over Easter weekend, kids hunted for eggs, ate copious amounts of sugar and passed out. Meanwhile, a group of kids from St. Olaf College decided to switch gears, breaking the world record for the largest Rube Goldberg machine.
The students from the small liberal arts school in Northfield, Minn., were competing in the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, which dates back to 1949. Back then, the competition was between two Purdue fraternities, and the first national contest was held in 1988. The St. Olaf team was recognized by the World Records Academy for creating the largest functional Rube Goldberg machine.
The winning project had an end-of-the-world theme, with similarly dramatic music from Beethoven’s Fifth to tracks from “Jaws” and “Indiana Jones.” It goes through 300 steps to pop a balloon.