Stuck and Roll

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Here’s something a little different: I enjoy watching videos of marble runs and other clever contraptions, and this video is one of the most clever I’ve seen, putting gravity and magnetism through its paces in a series of increasingly complex setups.

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27 thoughts on “Stuck and Roll

  1. Haha May 15, 2016 / 5:31 pm

    That was awesome! Would love to see a bit of the figuring out/testing/set up. I also liked looking ahead and trying to figure out what would happen before it did.

  2. Birdcage May 15, 2016 / 5:39 pm


  3. dubravkamcvmd May 15, 2016 / 5:44 pm

    I’m amazed and impressed that someone could figure all that out. I’m also surprised that it was so interesting and entertaining. I’m thinking crows and parrots would be interested. I’d enjoy watching them watch.

    • ^oo^ May 15, 2016 / 9:03 pm

      And cats would love to get their little paws in there and mess up the whole thing…

  4. Murray C. May 15, 2016 / 5:54 pm

    I love things like this so much and marvel at the brain that can suss it all out. I love the idea of crows and parrots watching, too. Thanks!

  5. allein May 15, 2016 / 6:32 pm

    More of this! That was so cool!

  6. Kar May 15, 2016 / 7:00 pm

    Somewhere out there, five mechanical engineering professors just had “happy moments.”

  7. Emmberrann May 15, 2016 / 7:02 pm

    I love this! Any Rube Goldberg fans out there?

    • allein May 15, 2016 / 7:08 pm

      I went to the Franklin Institute a couple years ago and sat on a bench watching a Rube Goldberg video for like 10 minutes.

    • Murray C. May 15, 2016 / 9:34 pm

      Oh, yeah!

      • allein May 15, 2016 / 8:50 pm

        OK Go video:

        • Deborah Gerish May 16, 2016 / 10:09 am

          One of my all-time faves. Only their dog video beats it (White Knuckles).

          • allein May 16, 2016 / 2:12 pm

            Not sure I’ve seen that one. Will look it up tonight.

  8. Faye May 15, 2016 / 8:13 pm


  9. Murray C. May 15, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    Too marvelous! Destructive as all get-out but great.

  10. Faye May 15, 2016 / 11:01 pm

    Elegant. Exquisite. Epic.

  11. EAG46 May 15, 2016 / 11:32 pm

    Beautiful and soothing. Somewhere, Rube Goldberg is smiling. And yes, I can see little kittens running amok in the set up.

  12. beemoused May 16, 2016 / 7:05 am

    I bow to the extreme cleverness. Someone clearly has quite a mind and ability to visualize to come up with all of these. Totally made my morning!

  13. Phred's Mom May 16, 2016 / 7:13 am

    It would be great fun to make these contraptions.
    Where can I get magnetic balls? A good thing for
    a long wintry Sunday afternoon. Along with my
    current project of identifying, sorting, archiving
    about 150 years of family photos.

  14. 6rabbits May 16, 2016 / 7:24 am

    Beyond awesome! LOVE it! I, too, bow to the inventive mind who created this. Gonna show it to my students! 😃

  15. Susan May 16, 2016 / 8:05 am

    Am I the only person that wondered how many takes it took to film that sequence? Does it always work so perfectly? I guess it is the lawyer in me who doubts even what I see.

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