Cartoonist Rube Goldberg earned everlasting fame with his rube goldberg machines. Rube Goldberg machines are machines or any apparatus that performs a simple task in an amazingly convoluted and unnecessarily complex manner.
Here is a beautiful gif graphic in which a host of machines and little cartoon characters process an endless stream of blue balls on conveyor belts, assembly lines, and factories, for no apparent purpose. You will marvel at the detail and work that went into creating this single gif file. Beautifully weird. See the site http://pizzone.ytmnd.com/