The Punny Art of Nacho Arjona

If you like the humour in the artworks of Aled Lewis and Hon Lam, these illustrations from Nacho Díaz Arjona might get your Friday off to a punny start. We see a heart as it draws a familiar self-portrait, a penguin looks royal, and a piñata explores its kinky side. Have a look at those and a few more of Ajona’s art after the jump.

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Allons-y! Mickey Mouse Returns to his Roots in “Croissant de Triomphe”

Mickey Mouse started out in cartoon shorts back in 1928 with Disney’s Steamboat Willie. Hundreds of appearances later and we see the affable mouse return to his roots in a brand new series. During the course of the year Disney is going to release 19 comedic animated shorts simply entitled “Mickey Mouse” and the first in the series is Croissant de Triomphe.

Combining the hand-drawn 2D animation style reminiscent of Disney in the early 30s with fancy CGI elements from present day, Croissant de Triomphe shows Mickey battling his way through traffic jams and popular Parisian landmarks on a time-sensitive mission to deliver croissants to Minnie’s café. Watch Croissant de Triomphe below.

[via @mrcraigharding]

If Superheroes Were Sponsored by Brands

Brands are forever trying to insinuate themselves into our lives. GoPro cameras are attached to practically every limb of extreme sportspeople these days. Felix Baumgartner would not have reached the stratospheric heights that he did in Redbull Stratos without the financial backing of the Austrian energy drinks company. Internet search giant Google want you to wear their geeky glasses.

Italian graphic designer Roberto Vergati Santos wondered what it’d be like if our favourite superheroes were sponsored by popular brands. Some of his associations are skin-deep: Hulk’s green complexion is a good fit for Monster Energy drink and Wolverine’s Adamantium claws matches the brand with the three stripes. Iron Man is seen with the golden arches emblazoned on his chest, but with his problems with alcohol addiction, perhaps sponsorship from a single malt whisky brand might be a tad more appropriate.

Have a look at Santos’ Sponsored Heroes after the jump.

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Slapped Awake for 15 Days Straight

Waking up isn’t easy at the best of times. For reasons known only to himself, Zach Curd asked his wife to slap him awake for 15 days in a row. While the first few attempts don’t get much of a reaction, Curd later starts to question what’s happening to him, and by day 11 his wife starts seeing the humour in the situation. She recoded the rude awakenings and posted it on YouTube, check it out below.

[via Huffington Post]

The World’s Cutest Frog

Everyone is bleating on about goats at the moment. A compilation of goats screaming like humans sparked the latest craze of splicing goats into music videos. Hilariously, Taylor Swift was the victim of the first goating, and since then the meme has exploded. Mashable compiles its best goat editions here.

Not to be left out of the spotlight, one of the smallest of African frogs is making big noises. South African photographer Dean Boshoff was walking along the sand dunes in Port Nolloth in the Northern Cape when he came across a peculiar sound. It belonged to the Breviceps macrops, the desert rain frog. While the creature is diminutive, with a body that only reaches 6 mm in length, it certainly knows how to make its presence felt, however comical that might sound. Check out Boshoff’s video of nature’s cutest squeaky toy.

We Review: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear series celebrates its 26th anniversary this year. It’s a party to which I had no interest in attending, figuratively speaking. Since the first “Metaru Gia Sorid” on PS1, I’ve skirted around the game. It’s no secret that I don’t have the attention span for sneak-em-ups and the thought of travelling around in cardboard boxes and enduring feature-length cutscenes was not for me. I have subsequently missed every successive Metal Gear game across all the platforms. Until now.

So why is someone like me without any interest in the Metal Gear franchise, so enthused to play Metal Gear Rising: Reveangeance? Did the flurry of media lure me on board the hype train? Truthfully, yes. Not once during the extreme frenetic trailers, did I think of the possibility of stealth and death-by-cutscene creeping into this new game. All I wanted to do was slice people up into teeny tiny hors d’oeuvres.

So how does Metal Gear Rising: Reveangeance (henceforth shortened to just “Revengeance”) play for someone who is unburdened of experiencing past Metal Gear games? The answer lies in wait, after the jump.

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Hot, With a Chance of Coronal Rain

Every day is a scorcher on the star at the centre of our solar system. And on some days it even rains.

In mid-July 2012, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured a most beautiful phenomenon that resulted from the combination of solar winds and a solar flare. It’s termed coronal rain.

As the plasma cools and fall back to the surface, the Sun’s magnetic field creates a series of coronal loops that look like they were streams from a sourceless waterfall. The time-lapse video captures a coronal rain shower that lasted 10 hours at temperatures over 49,000 degrees Celsius! See it below.

[via APOD]

Gigantic Dinosaur Balls!

YouTube user Maxim Bady certainly has a way with words. On his channel he find special interest videos and adds his distinctive style of commentary on what’s happening in the video.

In an especially excitable episode, Bady waxes lyrical about a man so badass that if he were on the “Snakes on a Plane” movie, it would finish in five seconds. This is a man so epic that he is in possession of gigantic dinosaur balls. What on earth is Bady on about? Have a look at the video below. Beware, there is some colourful language abound.

[thanks Claire!]

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