Datebook: May 31 - Heath Robinson Turns 140

May 31, 2012

W. Heath Robinson is in the UK who Rube Goldberg is in the US. He was an English cartoonist best known for his drawings of eccentric machines: complex inventions that achieved absurdly simple results (a la Wallace and Gromit). 

Some of Robinson's great "inventions" included a wart chair, which can remove a wart from the top of one's head;  resuscitating stale railway scones, to be served fresh for a second time; and the multi-movement tabby silencer, which threw water at loud cats. In 1971, Pink Floyd described their musical experiments as "Heath Robinson." We'd tip our hat to Heath today, but that'd be entirely too complex.

It’s Thursday, May 31

Land Between the Lakes hosts its annual Special Populations Fishing Tournament on Saturday at Honker Lake.  The free tournament is designed to develop the fishing skills of children and adults who are physically or mentally challenged.  Registration starts at 8:30, with fishing from 9 to noon.  Pre-register at 924-2046.

There’s an Awesome 80s Bash on Saturday night from 7 to 11, benefiting the Paducah Area Sexual Assault Center.  The event will be held at Harrah’s Hotel in Metropolis and will feature live music by Rubik’s Groove, a silent auction, and a live auction.  Tickets are $50.  For more information, call 618-524-6477.

The Nature Station invites kids to learn basic outdoors skills this Saturday at 11.  Learn what to bring for an outdoor trip, how to identify poison ivy, how to follow a trail without getting lost, and more.  The program is free with admission to the Nature Station.  Details at

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