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Inventors Peter Browne and Mervyn Huggett reportedly spent over 1,000 hours building this charming Rube Goldberg machine to make breakfast for their respective wives.

In addition to brewing a lovely cup of tea (or instant coffee if you’d rather) the Rube Goldberg machine also hands you the paper, soft-boils an egg, toasts some toast, and cleans up afterwards.

As others have noted it’s remarkably like breakfast machines imagined by the creators of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and of course, Wallace and Gromit.

It’s a charming idea, even if constructing it does mean expending a considerable amount of effort in order to to avoid very simple cooking tasks. Tea and toast is not exactly a sumptuous brunch spread. But, still, we’re getting hungry.

Clearly, it’s time to fire up the machine again.

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