Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Transatlantic Differences

From the BBC

"I believe they called the buggy in the moon landings the Heath Robinson contraption," says Mickie Robinson, the artist's daughter-in-law, who married his youngest son Tom. "Every time I hear someone use his name I do feel very pleased."

I doubt it. One of those little differences with our American cousins which I learnt in my time working with them:-

Heath Robinson contraption (UK)

Rube Goldberg Machine (USA)


Mark Wadsworth said...

Thanks for that. I read the BBC article earlier today and it struck me as a bit unlikely that Heath Robinson/Professor Branestawm had caught on over there.

JohnM said...

And possibly a difference that is going away.

I can't recall the last time I heard "Heath Robinson contraption" but I've seen "Rube Goldberg device" several times. Indeed the former brings 12,800 Google hits as against 275,000 for the latter.

Lola said...
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Lola said...

Rube Goldberg. You might like this: