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No.64


JULY 2012 IN THIS ISSUE 01 MDON’T 14


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28 02 EYEOPENER


It’s all about the Olympics this issue and these pictures tell the first part of the story...


08 TRUE STORIES


Boy called Tom nails a skateboard 1080, man licks monkey bum, the world’s oldest blood and the planet’s fastest toilet


14 OLYMPIC WHITEWASH


UK’s whitewater kayaking hopes talk to Flipside exclusively about making a big splash


18 ALT. OLYMPICS


Bored of handball? Then check out our Fantasy Olympics to learn a bit about extreme sports


24 GADGETS TO WIN


If Team GB is using any of these top fitness gadgets then our medal haul at the Games is going to be legendary...


28 THE FUTURE OF GAMES


Ever wondered what will the Olympics look like in 50 years? Well, maybe like this...


32 THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN


Spider-Man is storming the cinema and his spider sense is going crazy – but can we normals train our senses to get super?


36 BIG BUG HUNT


Ridely Scott’s alien actioner Prometheus is creeping out audiences this month so we went in search of some real bugs in Borneo...


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74 40 MUSIC JUST GOT SAMEY


What is it with the charts? Every song seems to chime with the last one. Shock horror, could your parents actually be right when they argue that chart hits actually all sound the same?


44 10 WEIRDEST NATURAL HEADSPINNERS


Being a bit odd is one thing but when the whole landscape goes weird? That’s exactly what we’re talking about...Weinvestigatesomegobsmackingly strange things that Mother Nature has created


49 REVIEWS


Kanye West and Jay Z team up for the sound of summer, while new Spider-Man and Batman movies battle it out for big screen box office. Plus, how to bandit a BMX, why Dragons Dogma is surprisingly good, underground and overground bangers, neat gadgets and the best free apps


74 DEATH ON A SCALE


It’s the fastest striking, meanest sounding, most fangtastic snake ever. Death Adder!


78 LOWDOWN


All those questions you’ve never thought of asking but are damn glad someone sat down and thought about it for you...


80 COMPETITIONS


WIN WIN WIN! Top prizes for absolutely nothing. We can’t say better than that, can we? Just remember to enter!


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