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Lookie Look: Win UFC 2009 Undisputed with the PS3 Blog!

When Bas Rutten isn’t busy teaching you how bust heads and take two eyes for an eye, he’d probably be playing UFC 2009 Undisputed naked in his living room. And I just got word from our friend Freak_c at local gaming site PS3 Blog that they’re giving away 2 copies of the game.

To stand a chance of winning UFC 2009 Undisputed for the Playstation 3, head on over to the PS3 Blog for the full details.

Flash Game Friday: Minim

I totally forgot about this and I’d feel guilty about it if I didn’t think guilt was an unnecessary feeling ;-) Truth be told, I’ve got inFAMOUS on the brain and can’t wait to get home and play it.But I’m stuck at work for a while and have been pleasantly entertained with number-puzzler Minim.

In Minim you are presented with a molecule made up of number atoms and modifier atoms.  You now need to combine atoms with the same number to minimize the puzzle molecule to a single atom. It’s starts off pretty easy and then dispenses with the niceties. Use the mouse to click and combine atoms, drag atoms, and rotate the molecule.

Play Minim at Kongregate.

[via Zoomdoggle]

Because I Like You so Much

For reasons only known to himself, tweep (yes it seems to be a recognized word these days) Ryan Brown is following us on Twitter.

A quick check at his website doesn’t reveal much else except that Ryan seems to draw comics. Here’s an example of his handiwork. Click to embiggen.

Ryan if you’re listening drop us a line and tells us more about yourself, because we like you.

Me So Horny: Spanish Matador Gets Gored By Angry Bull

Israel Lancho is not having a good day. The Spanish matador missed his footing and got speared by an obviously unhappy bull during the the San Isidro festival in Mardrid. The festival (which marks the start of the bullfighting season) honous city’s patron saint Isidro, who is also the patron saint of farmers, but not bullfighters it seems.

Lancho suffered a 25-cm deep cut stomach wound at the hands of the bull and is in serious condition. I think it’s pretty apparent what our lesson-of-the-day is.

Read the full story at The Mirror.

[via Buzzfeed]

Watchmen Graphic Novel Competition: We Have a Winner!

Our fantastic Watchmen Graphic Novel competition has come to an end. To stand a chance to winning the hardcover edition of one of the most influential graphic novels of all time, WATCHMEN, we asked you to name one of the Outer Limits staff choice graphic novels for the month of may. We accepted any of the three mentioned on the Outer Limits website.

Once again we’ve had a great response so thanks not only to everyone who entered, but also to our readers who visit and support the blog. Cheers!

OK, enough of this waffle. The Randomizer has done its thing and spat out a winner. Could it be you? Find out after the jump.

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Worker Calls Boss Serial Masturbator, Gets the Sack

At one time or another in our working careers, we’ve all slagged off our bosses in words we wouldn’t necessarily say in front of our mothers. A 23-year-old administration clerk at a clothing factory south of Durban took things to a new level (or should I say platform) when he posted on Facebook that his boss was a serial masturbator!

The company found out when a co-worker reported the issue, took umbrage, and fired the clerk.

Wits Law Clinic Professor Willem de Klerk said the South African constitution promotes freedom of expression “provided that what is expressed is based on fact”. I doubt anyone would actually admit to furiously jerking off 10 times a day so the malicious Facebook comment could (and was) considered as illegal as a verbal defamatory statement.

Considering the disdain some companies have for Facebook I certainly wouldn’t use it to air my grievances; I’d probably call them a See-You-Next-Thursday under my breath and leave it at that ;-)

Read the full story at IOL.

[via afairweather on Twitter]

The Illusion of Sex

I experienced an illusion today that turned out to be very real. I’ve had an unopened packet of Peanut Butter M&Ms on my desk for ages now. This morning I decided to crack it open only to realise that it had already been opened and 3/4 of the contents had been eaten! The perpetrator sneakily placed the opened corner of the packet under my flip file to hide any visible evidence of tampering. When I catch them, I’ll have an illusion ready – my foot firmly lodged up their ass. But I digress…

The Best Visual Illusion of the Year contest is now in its 5th year and strives to use big words to explain itself:

Visual illusions are those perceptual experiences that do not match the physical reality. Our perception of the outside world is generated indirectly by brain mechanisms, and so all visual perception is illusory to some extent. The study of visual illusions is therefore of critical importance to the understanding of the basic mechanisms of sensory perception, as well as to cure many diseases of the visual system.

And in this year’s contest, The Illusion of Sex by Richard Russell at Harvard University, USA scooped third prize.

In the image above, the two faces are perceived as male and female even though both are different versions of the same androgynous face. Apparently it demonstrates that contrast is a cue for perceiving the sex of a face – the face with the greater contrast appears feminine, and one with the lesser contrast appears masculine.

Did you notice a difference? Let us know in the comments.

BONUS: This is one of the oddest illusions you’re likely to see – HardTimes.

Amazing Trompe-l’œil Art

Trompe-l’œil, or “trick the eye” is an art technique that has existed as far back as Greek and Roman times, and involves creating incredibly lifelike 3D scenes on flat surfaces. And Californian-born artist John Pugh creates such trompe-l’œil murals on the sides of buildings. Here are three of my favourites – click to embiggen.

This is an Egyptian style mural adorns a wall in Los Gatos, California.

This earthquake scene located in Los Gatos was created following a genuine earthquake in 1989.

This mural in Honolulu tricked the fire crews into thinking a child was about to get crushed underneath a tidal wave.

More of Pugh’s murals can be found at Damn Cool Pics.

I Dream of Better Cellular Days

Running a blog affords one a few liberties and self-promotion is certainly one of them :-D

I’ve got an old Nokia 3510i hand-me-down from my sister-in-law, Animal Muppet. It gets the job done, but all the kitty stickers on it is really ruining my gangsta rep.

Now I just found out that I’m a finalist in a competition on the local Samsung Blog where the main prize is an awesome Samsung Pixon cellular phone. And your vote could help me win it!

If you’d like to help out, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Register HERE – you’ll receive your login details in the email.
  2. Login to the Samsung Blog HERE and then cast your vote for the entry Skeet and Swizzle HERE.

A big thanks to the mates who have voted already, the cheque’s in the mail ;-)

BONUS: In case you’ve missed it, our own WATCHMEN competition will be ending this Thursday so get your entries in!

All Hail the Beard Champion

I am in awe of this hairy gentleman. His dedication to the art of growing a beard is unparalleled. David Traver from Anchorage, Alaska has been crowned the beard world champion. Competing against 300 entrants in the 2009 World Beard and Moustache Championships, Traver’s 20.5 inches of coarse beard hair cultivated over 2½ years was intricately dyed several colors and woven into the shape of a snowshoe. He walked away with commemorative gold pan and a salmon fishing trip.

Traver will now shave the prize-winning beard off because as you know once a man’s reaches the apex of facial hair, there’s nowhere to go but down.

Read the full story at Anchorage Daily News.

[via Buzzfeed]