An unlikely and absurdly
designed machine intended to perform a simple function in the most complicated
and indirect way. Named in honor
of Reuben Lucius Goldberg
(1883-1970), an engineer with the City of San Francisco Water and Sewers Department who became a Pulitzer-Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor and author. His long-running comic strip, "Inventions", displayed many such devices of his own design.