This thread, http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=110319, reminded me of something I’ve always wondered about.
Is there any connection between W. Heath Robinson and Rube Goldberg? Both were known for their cartoons of overly complicated methods for doing mundane tasks. Was one man “inspired by” (or less charitably, “ripping off”) the other? Or is this just a case of a good concept being independently developed by two different people at about the same time?