What is this all about?
August 27, 2007 10:12 PM   Subscribe

Can someone give me some backstory on this?

These things have been popping up on YouTube and Google video for a while, and the little ear worm is making me crazy. Is there really a TV show in Japan that is nothing but these Goldbergian machines? Bonus points for translations of the little sign that pops up at the climax of each section, and the song heard occasioanlly.
posted by pjern to Society & Culture (8 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
This is from a Japanese children's TV show, the kanji and the shout is the name of the show. Boingboing did a lot on this in June. I think you can also find it on the blue.
posted by parmanparman at 10:18 PM on August 27, 2007

I read somewhere that these were more like advertisements for a particular tv channel in japan. Like, they play right before a show comes back from a commercial break.
posted by zacharyseibert at 10:20 PM on August 27, 2007

there was an FPP about it a while ago... ">here it is.

the gist of it: it's a Japanese children's TV show that uses the machines as interstitials; iirc, the name is "Pythagoras Switch" and rendered in Japanese sing-song voices, it becomes pi-ta-go-ra-su-i-chi, which is what we hear at the end of each machine.
posted by heeeraldo at 10:20 PM on August 27, 2007

aw crap: FPP link is here.
posted by heeeraldo at 10:21 PM on August 27, 2007

The show is called "Pythagoraswitch"
that's what the little song is saying.
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 10:21 PM on August 27, 2007


DAMN YOU!!!!!!

What they said.
posted by The Deej at 10:23 PM on August 27, 2007 [1 favorite]

Ack, that's what I get for missing 2 weeks of Metafilter in June. (I couldn't go back and catch it all up, it was too daunting)
posted by pjern at 10:43 PM on August 27, 2007

It's the show Pythagoras Switch (Pitagora Suichi), which is the Japanese name for a Rube Goldberg device. It's an adorable children's show. They actually do lots of interesting things, like show how various items are manufactured and have nifty choreographed dance called the Algorithm March. If you're interested, the subbing group DB of Naruto fame has subbed some episodes, and torrents are here.
posted by liesbyomission at 11:06 PM on August 27, 2007 [5 favorites]

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