This past Friday Lucy and I were sitting watching the T20 semi-final between Sri Lanka and the West Indies. At the post-match presentation, the losing captain Chris Gayle was having a chat with one of the commentators, and whilst Lucy was able to make it out, I had absolutely no clue what he was saying. I don’t think it’s a fault on my part, more that Jamaicans speak a unique version of English like no one else in the world. For example:
Mi like yuh cris cyar.
Translation: I like your new car.
Yuh tuh fass and facety.
Translation: You are too inquisitive and fresh.
Gyal, yuh roach killa dem a seh one out deh.
Translation: Girl, those shoes are the bomb.
But cooh pan di lickle invalid.
Translation: Oh the poor little boy is handicapped.
Gyal fayva buckteet Ida.
Translation: She has a bit of an overbite.
What a bway dunce sah.
Translation: He has a touch of Dyslexia.
Anyways, that was just a preamble to what I really wanted to show you – it’s pretty old but something I always go to when I need a good laugh. Taken from the 90s tv series “The Real McCoy”, this skit is from a JBC news broadcast where the presenter is giving the lineup of British TV shows that have been dubbed especially for Jamaican audiences. Check it out.
BONUS: Hit the jump for some more Jamaican slang to introduce into your daily conversation.
We’re into the final week of June, and it brings not only my birthday but also our last giveaway for this month. And we thought we’d surprise you by not giving away any t-shirts at all. Instead, we got an awesome hamper from our buddies at Mooks!
Created in Melbourne, Australia fashion label Mooks started off in 1991 with a line of t-shirts designs that mixed a tongue-in-cheek twist of pop art, Japanese comics, American College sports, and graphic design. 18 years later and still keeping with the ethos “people creating for like minded people“, Mooks can be found around the world, making streetwear that is new, fresh, and original.
And we’ve got a super-cool hamper to give away to one lucky reader. It includes:
A pair of matte black “Charlie” sunglasses
An Assembly Overnighter bag
A Kaiser beanie
The hamper is valued at R2000 and is by far the biggest prize we’ve had on Onelargeprawn! All the info you need to enter the competition details can be found after the jump. Go to it!
Our third t-shirt giveaway has just ended and to stand a chance to winning one of the super-awesome 2BOP sweatshirts on offer, we asked you to answer the following question:
Back in the 80s and 90s you needed 2Bop to play arcade games. What is a 2Bop?
The answer we were looking for was a twenty cent piece. Thanks to all the peeps that entered, the Randomizer has done its thing and spat out the winners. Could you be one of them? Find out after the jump.
Aside from eating dogs and occasionally making good cellphones, those crafty Koreans at Samsung also know a thing or two about viral marketing. In April this year Samsung and a company called The Viral Factory released a video to shill the Samsung i8910 (OnmiaHD). It features a dude unboxing his i8910 and showing off the HD recording abilities of his new handset; he performs a trick in the process and challenges the viewers to guess how it’s done.
This clip was shot on an I8910 HD phone, a new camera phone just released by Samsung with an 8 megapixel camera that can actually record and output video in HD format. It was shot in one take, with no post production or special effects of any kind. Everything you see here was done “in-camera”. Our challenge to you is to figure out how we did it.
Some of you may not bite this little bit of viral bait, but it’s certainly worked well, receiving over a million views and almost 2000 comments. Check out the video below or watch it in HD at YouTube.
Let us know in the comments if you know how they did it. And then see the secret behind the video after the jump.
On November 9th 2007 (and his 26th birthday) the clean-cut, beardless Christoph Rehage planned to take a little stroll from Beijing, China all the way to his hometown of Hanover, Germany. Whilst he didn’t accomplish the feat on foot, he did spend a year trekking through China. During his journey from Beijing to the town of Urumqi, Rehage walked an astounding 4646 kilometres!
During that time he grew a mighty long beard, and his inspiring time-lapse video The Longest Way chronicles the journey and his hair growth. The Times Online think it could be the best travel video of 2009. Take at look at it below; I would recommend however that you see it in HD at YouTube.
BONUS: If you have the time, MapVivo plots out his route. They currently have 237 days of his trip available for you to browse – on each day you can read his notes and see the photos that he took. Check it out!
It’s Friday and I don’t think I need to tell you what that means. Today’s timewaster, Star Beacons, takes you to outer space where an evil armada has invaded a peaceful water planet and shattered its sun into many star pieces. And you, the intrepid hero must scour the nether regions of space to retrieve the fragments.
You are positioned at the top of the screen and your objective in each level is to clear all the stars pieces by hitting them with your balls.
Kanye West is complete nutter, but when it comes to his music and music videos he usually sets the bar higher than most. And it seems his fans do the same. A 24 year-old Ukranian graphic designer by the name of Mykola Dosenko decided to create an 8-bit throwback video for Kanye’s song, Robocop. Mykola created all the graphics specifically for the video and throws in references to classic video games like MegaMan, Ninja Gaiden, TMNT, and Mike Tyson’s Punch Out.
This video is made of awesome sauce. Check it out or watch it in HD at YouTube.
Hit the jump to see more of Mykola’s 8bit, NES-like music videos.
Despite having an uncle in the furniture business and pricing that is inspired by me, I find product advertisements in South Africa to be a tad bland and uninviting. And in another “they don’t make them like they used to” moment, I found a set of vintage ads that I think are pretty persuasive.
Between 1957 and 1961, a Washington D.C. coffee company commissioned Jim Henson to created a series of TV commercials to pitch their product. Each commercial was 10 seconds long and featured two puppets named Wilkins and Wontkins. Wilkins pushed the importance of drinking the coffee to Wotkins through physical pain. The commercials are violent, dark, and quite funny. Check it out.