Happy Hanukkah to all those Craziest Gadgets readers celebrating the festival of lights starting this weekend. A few mechanical engineering students from Technion (Israeli Institute of Technology) have created a Rube Goldberg machine (appropriately enough, as Rube would have celebrated the holiday) to light a Chanukah menorah in as many steps as possible. Using helium balloons, dominoes, toy cars, a bicycle tire, some nitroglycerin, and eventually a robotic arm, the team created a Chanukkah miracle of engineering as seen in the video:
Apparently that’s how Israeli geeks light the menorah. And I believe we haven’t use this spelling yet: Chanuka. Ok bases covered. Have a great holiday everyone, try not to eat too many latkes (try).