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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]

Chronotron!

This may kill your productivity stone dead.

If you’re a fan of Lost or Doctor Who, then you might like Chronotron. In this cute puzzler you play as a robot whose time-travelling machine (which looks suspiciously like the TARDIS) is broken. It’s only able to loop back in time and to fix it you need to collect the circuits in each level to fix it.

Here’s the nifty bit – you can use your time machine to create multiple (past) versions of yourself to help you solve the puzzles. You can create as many copies as you want, but if you interfere with a past self’s ability to return to the time machine, you will cause a game-ending paradox. Some lateral thinking is needed here to clear the 35 levels and 5 bonus levels.

Play Chronotron at Kongregate.

Sorry I Missed Your Party

However empty you think your beer glass may be, you can solace in the fact that somewhere in the world, another person who is having a worse time than you. In the same vein as the misfortunes on Fuck My Life, Texts from Last Night, and Awkward Family Photos, comes a site that sifts through photos from parties that you missed but really should have attended. Here are some of my favourites:

Thank Goodness It’s LAN Party Friday!

Isn’t it weird that the kind of people who dress like they’re really into a 90s concept of hackerdom probably the most boring ilife? I mean, what are these guys up to, updating their Friendster pages? Buying an album on iTunes and actually burning it onto a CD?

Strange Boobs

It seems like I’ve been posting a lot of pictures of scary boobs lately. This photo I guess kind of echoes my feelings, because it appears to actually be trying to run away from the woman it’s attached to.

Condiments of the Night

I expect it from some college kids or bummed out looking dudes, so when well dressed bankers pass out in a fast food joint and heartlessly pour condiments on their friend’s head, it’s like falling in love all over again.

No Want

I’ve never quite seen two people be so totally sexually repulsed by each other as this pair.

See more at Sorry I Missed Your Party [some photos NSFW]

Flash Game Friday: Splitter

Today’s time waster is another cool physics puzzle in which you need to split objects to get your googly-eyed smiley face to the goal. You have a limited number of cuts that can be made, so make them count, and collecting the star in each level adds to your score.

Click and drag the mouse to make the cut – you can split joints and wood objects, but not metal and brick objects. There are 25 levels to be cleared and each can be solved in a number of different ways.

Play Splitter at Kongregate and let us know how you got on.

Sebastian’s Voodoo

A little over a week ago, we posted about Reach, an endearing short had been shortlisted in the the National Film Board of Canada’s online competition at this year’s Cannes Short Film Corner. Reach was up against nine other finalists with internet votes deciding the winner. And the Internet has spoken – after more than 170,000 views and nearly 8,000 votes from all over the globe, the winning film has been announced.

Taking first prize is Sebastian’s Voodoo directed by Paraguayan-born Joaquin Baldwin. The animated drama tells the story of a voodoo doll that must save its friends from being pinned to death. Check it out below or watch it in high quality at YouTube.

What did you think? Drop us a comment and let us know.

Letting it All Hang Out: “Slam” by Pendulum

It was Puza thursday and we went out last night after a hearty dinner at home. It took some effort for us to drag Bladder Infection Man away from the television as the finals of American idol was on and he was stuck fast to the couch. Needless to say we arrived at a bar up the road from us – the place was pretty empty except for the sounds of a DJ hard at work. That was not a coincidence as we painfully found out. During the one drink we had there, I heard some, for a lack of a better word, experimental music that sounded like two errant moles fucking underground. :sick:

Thankfully this is not the sound of two moles getting jiggy (well not to me at least) but rather a top track from an Australian electronica-rock band, Pendulum. After relocating to the UK, the band released their first drum and bass album Hold Your Colour in 2005, and you’re going to see the video for the song Slam taken off that album. Check out a pale, chubby fella doing this thing on a sidewalk.

If you liked Slam, then hit the jump for another Pendulum track.

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inFAMOUS News Roundup

It’s no far stretch of the imagination when I tell you the last time I felt this excited about a console game was when I purchased Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto IV back in 2008. Those same giddy feelings are back as I anxiously await the release of the Playstation 3 exclusive, inFAMOUS.

Developed by Sucker Punch Productions, inFAMOUS tells the story of bike messenger Cole who survives a massive explosion in Empire City and develops electricity-based powers. Amidst infected residents, violent gangs, and a city that is decaying under his feet, Cole must get to grips with his new powers and the responsibility that comes with it. He is judged by the deeds that he does, be it good or evil – a Karma system keeps track of this, and in turn influences the growth of Cole’s powers and how the city’s residents react towards him. He can be famous, infamous, or maybe a little of both ;-)

If you’ve not been keeping up with news, then I’ve done a link roundup to keep you updated.

  • inFAMOUS gets relatively favourable reviews – 87% based on 19 reviews. Read them via Metacritic
  • Part 1 of the inFAMOUS comic series tells the story of the events that happen prior to the game. See it a Joystiq (7 pages).
  • See various gameplay videos at GameTrailers.
  • Download inFAMOUS wallpapers for your desktop.
  • Pre-order your copy of inFAMOUS from two of the better local online retailers Kalahari.net or Take 2.
  • Thinking of importing? Try newcomers Gamesbasement or CDWOW.
  • Nate Fox and David Meyer from Sucker Punch hosted a live chat yesterday. View the Q&A session at the Playstation Blog.
  • There are 50 inFAMOUS trophies that can be unlocked. See them at Console Monster.

inFAMOUS is slated for release in South Africa on Friday, May 29th. Fingers crossed it gets released that day. I have already purchased tranquilizers and alcohol in case of bad news.

Sleeping Around is Sleeping Around

Politics requires some higher brain functions and a relatively good grasp of the English language. Some people would say this person has much of these qualities as a paraplegic has use of their legs.

Listen as Floyd Shivambu, spokesperson for the ANC Youth League tries to explain his concept of sleeping around to 702 Talk Radio DJ, Redi Direko.

Lol. Pwned! Read the full transcript at Blatant.co.za.

[Thanks Lucy | Colourful word graphic by Wordle]

A Brief History of Weed

Doobie, dope, roach, reefer, grass, Mary Jane, boom, splif, ganja, herb. Whatever it’s called, Marijuana has become a facet of people’s lives as far back as the 3rd millennium BC. And this fun 2-minute infographic takes a look at marijuana through the ages. Check it out below or watch it in high quality at YouTube.

It’s a clever promo for Showtime’s hit TV series Weeds that returns for its fifth season come June 8th.

[via Blame It On The Voices]

BONUS: Sultry actress Mary Louise Parker regrets doing topless bathtub scene in Weeds’ season four finale.  Story and pics at The Superficial [NSFW].

BONUS #2: 40 creative infographics can be found at Six Revisions.

Competition Reminder: Win Watchmen Graphic Novel!

Just a quick reminder that there is only a week left to go before our fantastic Watchmen competition comes to an end so if you haven’t done so yet, this is a good time to submit your entry. Courtesy of local comic book emporium Outer Limits, one luck winner will walk away with the hardcover edition of one of the most influential graphic novels of all time, WATCHMEN!

To enter the draw, name one of the Outer Limits staff choice graphic novels for the month of may. The full competition details are available HERE. Good luck!