See An Adorably British Rube Goldberg Machine Make Breakfast

Tea, anyone?

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.