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Do you work in an office? Do you like wasting time? How about hitting people in the face with beachballs? If you answered yes to any of these, I hereby command you to investigate Faceball, invented at Flickr, but now sweeping offices worldwide.

The game is pretty simple -- two people sit in office chairs, ten feet from each other, and throw beachballs at each other's faces. No ducking is allowed. If you score a face-hit, you keep throwing until you miss, gaining points all the while. After an agreed-upon number of rounds (generally five), the player with the most points wins. (If this explanation isn't enough, check out the video introduction on the Faceball site - scroll down.)

Faceball is all about documentation -- because Flickr staffers invented it, they present tons of photos of beachballs hitting faces. The quintessential Faceball photo shows a beachball impacting a person's face -- silly and a bit humiliating. Faceball co-creator John Allspaw explains that the game was invented "to relieve work stress and replace it with humiliation and embarrassment."

See also: a news story (video) from CBS 5 about the game. Also: a Flickr Blog entry about the game.

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Mattel Unveils New Uno Edition for Colorblind Players
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On the heels of International Colorblind Awareness Day, Mattel, which owns Uno, announced it would be unveiling a colorblind-friendly edition of the 46-year-old card game.

The updated deck is a collaboration with ColorADD, a global organization for colorblind accessibility and education. In place of its original color-dependent design, this new Uno will feature a small symbol next to each card's number that corresponds with its intended primary color.

As The Verge points out, Mattel is not actually the first to invent a card game for those with colorblindness. But this inclusive move is still pivotal: According to Fast Co. Design, Uno is currently the most popular noncollectible card game in the world. And with access being extended to the 350 million people globally and 13 million Americans who are colorblind, the game's popularity is sure to grow.

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Lightning-Fast Teen Sets New Rubik’s Cube World Record
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In less time than it takes some people to open a pickle jar, 15-year-old Patrick Ponce can solve a Rubik’s Cube. His total time of 4.69 seconds makes him the new holder of the world record for fastest 3-by-3 Rubik’s Cube completion, as highlighted by Compete (and seen in the video below).

Ponce achieved the impressive feat of dexterity at a tournament in Middletown, Virginia, on September 2. He takes the title from the previous Rubik’s Cube speed record holder, Feliks Zemdegs, who solved the puzzle in 4.73 seconds at a competition in Australia in December 2016.

But the teenager may not hold his new position at the top for very long: Expert Rubik's Cubers have been steadily lowering the speed record beneath the 5-second mark since 2015. And human competitors still have a long way to go before solving a cube in 0.887 seconds—that’s the record that was set by a robot in March of 2017.

[h/t Compete]

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