Competitions Site Announcements

Happy Monday: The Love Jozi T-shirt Winners

The first of our t-shirt giveaways has just ended. To stand a chance to winning one of the fantastic Love Jozi tees on offer, we asked you to name the style and the range of one of these t-shirts in our competition post. We accepted Skyline Range 10 (or ranges 9, 8, 7, 5) or Donderdag Range 10 as valid answers.

The Randomizer has done its thing and spat out the winners. Could you be one of them? Find out after the jump.

Science & Technology

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.

Competitions Site Announcements

Caption Contest: Win Vida Coffee Vouchers!

Note: This competition has ended.

It’s competition time at Onelargeprawn and we’re hosting another caption contest. It’s winner-takes-all and the funniest caption will win 25 coffee card vouchers to use at the purveyor of most excellent coffee,  vida e caffé.

Our contest image is taken from Daniela Edburg’s Drop Dead Gorgeous series. You can see more of Daniela’s amazing work at

Leave your caption in the comments section – one caption per comment, but you can submit as many comments as you like. Remember to provide a valid e-mail address as that is the one we’ll be using to contact the winner. This competition starts today and will end on May 13th, 2009. It is only open to South African residents.

Much love to Peta at Obrigado and vida e caffé for sponsoring the prize. Muito obrigado! ;-)

Competitions Site Announcements

Competition Reminder: Caption Contest & SA Blog Awards

Just a friendly reminder to those you may have missed this month’s first competition. To stand a chance of winning a t-shirt from the Neatorama shop, enter our worldwide caption contest. It ends tomorrow (Monday, 9th March).

The 2009 SA Blog Awards are upon us, and if you’d like to nominate us click HERE, fill in your details, and hit Submit. The closing date for nominations is Saturday, March 14th Wednesday, March 18th.

Arty Cartoons & Comics Mindlessness

The Superest

The Superest is a continually running game of My Team, Your Team, where Player 1 draws a character with a power. Player 2 then draws a character whose power cancels the power of that previous character. Rinse. Repeat.

Click the images to see them bigger.

More at The Superest – via The Presurfer.

Cartoons & Comics Mindlessness

That’s How I Roll

Flash Games Science & Technology

The Eyeballing Game – How Good are You?

The eyeballing game tests how good you are at lining things up, finding the centre of a circle, or bisecting an angle.

Play it at Woodgears.

I scored 5.20 – Post your results in the comments.


Arm-chair Logic – Take The Test

A wise Vulcan once said “Logic is the begining of wisdom not the end”, but enough about that weirdo. Take the 15-question Arm Chair Logic Test to find out how logical you are.