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February 23, 2007

Rube Goldberg teams find new methods to make orange juice

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Students from Purdue University and Murray State University in Kentucky will give their creative skills a workout on Saturday (Feb. 24) when they seek new and inefficient ways to make freshly squeezed orange juice.

This year's teams in the Rube Goldberg Regional Machine Contest are challenged to make juice from oranges and pour the juice into a cup in no fewer than 20 steps. The competition honors the late cartoonist Rube Goldberg, who specialized in drawing whimsical, complicated machines to perform simple tasks.

Journalists can begin coverage of the 24th annual contest at 9:30 a.m., before the event begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Purdue Armory. The contest is free and open to the public.

Video highlights from the contest will be available via satellite uplink after the contest from 4-4:15 p.m. EST on Saturday (Feb. 24).

Satellite information:

U/L TYPE: Analog
Band Type: Ku-Band
SBS-6 Transponder 15
U/L: 14372.00 (Vertical)
D/L: 12072.00 (Horizontal)

In addition to a satellite uplink of contest highlights, a news release with competition results and photos will be issued the day of the contest and will be available on the Purdue home page at An ISDN line is available for radio interviews, but journalists must arrange interviews prior to the contest. Video b-roll is available by request.

For any questions regarding the satellite feed or the competition, contact Cynthia Sequin, Purdue News Service, at (765) 494-4192, (317) 938-5209,

Writer: Cynthia Sequin, (765) 494-4192,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;


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