Cape Town Ablaze!

I love my sleep and can usually drown out most distractions – the snoring, sounds of gunfire, the kitties trying to get under the sheets. The sweet sounds of the alarm clock and delicate aroma of cooking oats that I usually wake up to got replaced with wailing police sirens and choking smoke. I thought I woke up in someone else’s nightmare but the situation is all too real.

Cape Town’s ablaze, the mountain is dotted with fires, residents in Vredehoek have been evacuated, and I’ve been sneezing like a motherfucker. Altogether not a very happy situation.

Here are some pics.


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More than a 100 fire-fighters are busy battling the blaze that apparently began in area of bush and grass on Table Mountain behind the University Of Cape Town and near Vredehoek. Three firefighters have been injured thus far. Our hearts go out to the people and animals affected by the blaze.

See more images at Imod, read the news story at News24 and IOL, and keep up with the Tweets.

Update: So it’s a few hours later and the fire carries on. Ash is all over the place, and four helicopters are flying through the smoky skies. Feels like I’ve smoked a carton of ciggies. Euch. Here’s a quick snap from my house.

According to the latest article on News24, two bergies sustained third degree burns, five firefighters were injured, 60 people were evacuated, no property had been damaged, and De Waal drive will be closed for most of the day.

The Top 10 Strangest Condom Ads

Because purchasing that pack of extra-ribbed, glow-in-the dark, strawberry-scented condoms can be an awkward, paranoia-filled experience, it makes perfect sense that condom advertisements would be equally as strange.

Spike breaks down the top 10 strangest condom ads around the world. Here are three of my favourites:

Scare Tactics

Unprotected sex can have deadly consequences and Argentinean condom maker Tulipan presses that point their “Be Careful” campaign depicting gratuitous skeleton sex.

Bollywood Condom Movie

In India, condom ads are delivered in such a way to have mass effect – by song-and-dance! In this epic 7-minute commercial, four grown men dressed up in coloured condom suits traipse across the lands with their troop of backup dancers, singing and dancing about the “ever useful friend to you”.

Bunny in a Jar

From Spain comes an ad for Control Adapta condoms. From the look of it, these condoms come with so much lube one could possibly use the excess to stuff a bunny in a jar.

See the full list at Spike – via Asylum.

Death Vs. Monstars

Here’s another perfect complement to the death-related Flash game we posted last week. In Death Vs. Monstars, you get to play Death and, unsurprisingly, you like to kill stuff. And in this frantic arena shooter, you’ll be using your guns to down swarms of monsters. As you move, you fire constantly in the opposite direction of your movement, unless you hold the mouse to lock it down. Top up your anger meter and and release an almighty wave of destruction, and collect the coins to upgrade your gats.

Play Death Vs. Monstars at Kongregate.

PostSecret

“There are two kinds of secret: those we keep from others, and the ones we hide from ourselves” – Frank Warren.

PostSecret is an interesting (and ongoing) social experiment started by Frank Warren in 2005 where he invited people to send him their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard. There were no restrictions on the content of the secret, only that it must be completely truthful and must never have been spoken before. Since its inception, PostSecret has collected over 200 000 soulful, funny, shocking, and sexual secrets from people in the US and around the world. Select secrets are posted on the PostSecret website and used in PostSecret books. See some images in the gallery below.

Ad see a short video below.

Find more images at PostSecret, visit the PostSecret Community, and follow PostSecret on Twitter.

Quick Challenge: Sit, Rotate, Write

A Zoomdoggle reader sent them a little challenge. If you can’t read the handwriting, it says:

While sitting at your desk, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles. Now, while doing this, draw the number “6” in the air with your right hand. You foot will change direction and there’s nothing you can do about it.

I’m a complete statistic – my foot switched directions. Give it a try and let us know how it went for you.

Not Quite The Movies You Know

Another classic Worth1000 contest. This time it’s a collection of movies that are just one letter off.

See more at Worth1000 – via Buzzfeed.

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