Thursday, March 30, 2006

Purdue’s Society of Engineers Compete for Inefficiency Crown

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Purdue University is providing the perfect training ground for government officials: A contest where the top award goes to the most complicated, wasteful, unnecessary ideas.

The 19th Annual National Rube Goldberg Machine Contest takes place Saturday (April 1) and this year’s contestants have to devise a device to shred paper in the most elaborate manner possible.

Teams from ten different universities will be competing but the odds on favorite team may be the Purdue Society of Professional Engineers, which has dominated the contest the last two years.

Ironically, its members are all training to be “efficiency experts” but their paper shredding invention uses a Guinness Record-setting 215 steps just to shred five sheets of paper.

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