Rube Goldberg's cartoons used to demonstrate how small actions can trigger much larger actions.

For example, wwter dripping on a lever would release canaries; once the birds were out of the cage, their flopping wings would fan into flame a smoldering fir - and soon the fire department would be on the scene.

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