Although Rube Goldberg is more well-known as a creator of absurd and complex contraptions to perform simple tasks, W. Heath Robinson should receive his share of the credit. His creations are generally not as complex as those of Goldberg, but they equal his in their ability to amuse. My favorite was "Tortoise Coursing", which pictures a "racetrack" with turtles on it. The turtles are "racing", complete with an aged man dragging a banana to encourage them, a crowd of snoring spectators and a man with a scoop following them. A waiter in formal attire is dispensing refreshments and the track has many obstacles.
Robinson demonstrates many of the foibles of the human race in his cartoons that poke fun at all humans by exaggerating how we react to circumstances. The drawings are well done and retain their capacity to amuse seven decades after they first appeared.