On this day in history (1929): The first comic in Rube Goldberg’s “The Inventions of Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts, A.K.” series was published in Collier’s Weekly. The Jewish cartoonist became synonymous with the hilariously complicated gadgets of his drawings, which carried out simple tasks. In recent years, tinkerers have built operable “Rube Goldberg machines” to push metal balls into cups, open drawers, and as you can watch in the video above, at the Technion in Haifa, to showcase the 10 plagues of the Passover seder.
In honor of Paul Newman’s birthday, read about the film he directed on the stage of a Yiddish theater.
In honor of National Spouses Day, check out this very specific recent query sent to our Bintel Brief advice column: My friend matched with my cousin’s wife on a dating app. Do I tell?
VIDEO OF THE DAY
Marilyn Stafford’s journey from aspiring actress to noted photojournalist began at the Princeton home of Albert Einstein. The year was 1948 and she was tagging along with two friends who were interviewing the Nobel Prize-winning physicist. They handed her a 35-millimeter camera. “I’d never used one before,” she recalled in 2021, “and I went into a panic.” She needn’t have worried: The photos she took that day of the world’s favorite genius kicked off a decades-long career covering refugee crises, celebrities and the fashion industry. Stafford died this month at 97.
I Shot Einstein is an eight-minute documentary about Stafford’s iconic start. You can watch it above.
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