Rube Goldberg was born in 1883 and lived till 1970. He was a Prize-winning cartoonist, who was mostly known for his zany inventions. Rube graduated and learned a degree in engineering, his first job at the San Francisco chronicle led to early success. Rube Goldberg is the only person put in a dictionary as an adjective. A Rube Goldberg Design is something with a goal of doing a simple task, but in order to achieve that, it needs to have heaps of complicated ways to getting to it. It’s estimated he did 50,000 cartoons in his lifetime!