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Humour

  • Donald Trump’s Friends Day video will move you in unexpected ways

    Thursday this week marked Facebook's 12th birthday and its first inaugural Friends Day. People around the world got the chance to reminisce about some of the experiences they'd had with everyone they're friends with on the social network. It was great for most of us, but what about Donald Trump? That's the question YouTube comedy outfit Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues set out to answer. While we wish we could say that they found the real one, what they ended up putting together is pretty damn entertaining.

  • Meet Penny Sparrow’s ‘wonderful, thoughtful’ black friends

    It's fair to say that there's been more than a little anger and vitriol on South African social media over the past couple of weeks. It comes as relief then to discover that the country's citizens are capable of taking on that rage with honest-to-goodness humour. Video has emerged of Penny Sparrow's -- she of the racist Facebook post comparing black people to monkeys -- "wonderful, thoughtful" black friends. Read more: #PennySparrow: Twitter isn’t buying estate agent’s half-baked apology The video stars young, black urbanites "Xola" and "Khanyise" and explains why Sparrow's posts were totally misunderstood. It also offers valuable...

  • Google easter egg pays homage to Silicon Valley TV show

    After yesterday's Alphabet announcement, an umbrella group to all Google-owned companies, it began to emerge that the internet giant had hidden something in the press release. Silicon Valley is a hugely popular popular TV show on HBO about... well... Silicon Valley. The show follows the exploits of Pied Piper, a startup specialising in a unique compression algorithm. The show chronicles the fictional company and founder, Richard Hendricks, as they journey from a small incubator, a fight over the IP to the Pied Piper name, their attendance at a TechCrunch event, and becoming one of the most sought over properties in the Valley. That's just a...

  • 5 ways to ensure a good relationship with your Systems Administrator

    If you’ve spent much time interacting with system administrators, you know how unlikely it would be for them to host a relationship-fixing TV show. Were they born like this, or did IT support requests just grind them into jaded powder? With a combination of endless patches, glitches, and caffeinated techno pulsing in the background, they do get edgy (and court the look of pallor). Want to mend your sysadmin relationship? On this Systems Administration appreciation day, we give you a few tips to help mend fences. 1. Own your problem Sure, they get hired to fix stuff, but they...

  • 5 reasons your selfies suck

    As a concept, selfies don’t suck, but yours very well might. Not everyone can be a selfie artist on the level of Kim Kardashian, who just recently released an entire book of her famous (infamous?) selfies – 300 of them to be exact – entitled Selfish. Sure, there is definitely such a thing as too many selfies (ahem…Kim…), but there’s nothing wrong with taking the occasional picture of yourself when you’re feeling confident about how you look or when you find yourself with great friends in a spectacular location. In moderation, the selfie is a good thing. But when you do drop...

  • Hilary Clinton’s 404 page is totally awesome

    It's only been a few days since Hilary Clinton announced that she would be contesting the 2016 US presidential election, but the news has already thrown up a couple of internet gems. One was her logo, which the internet has picked up and run with. The other, far more intentional gem, comes in the shape of her campaign site's 404 Error Page. Look at it and marvel at how awesome vintage Hilary, Bill and Chelsea look in their matching Donald Duck hats. Read more: How to unlock 3 hidden Google tricks on your mobile phone The photograph, taken in 1984,...

  • Cards Against Humanity goes online, reveals we’re all terrible

    The overly offensive but addictive card game, Cards Against Humanity Originality, can now be played online. This means that we can all wallow in the weird and wonderful space between joy and self-pity among friends wherever we are. Based on Cards Against Humanity, Cards Against Originality is intuitively straightforward as it is awkward: each round, a player makes a statement from a black card like, "It's a pity today that kids these days are involved with _______." Players then choose which inappropriate card to play from their hand like, "having sex on top of a pizza," or "autocannibalism". Disclaimer: These...

  • 9 things Jon Stewart taught the world about South Africa

    Jon Stewart taught the world a great deal. After more than 15 years as host of Comedy Central’s Daily Show, Stewart announced he'll step down later this year, and with it will come a drop the global average IQ. Thank you Jon. pic.twitter.com/yPdxjnkuLw — Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) February 10, 2015 Stewart’s “fake news” taught Americans more about the world that their own news channels did, including the ever valuable lesson that Africa is in fact not a country. In fact, Stewart taught the world so much about Africa, and South Africa specifically, that we’ve decided to compile a video (below) of some of our...

  • 5 New Year’s resolutions some of SA’s top tweeters should adopt in 2015

    It's been an interesting year for South African Twitter. Apart from anything, there are now around 9.4-million users in the country, up from 6.8-million a year ago. That means increased levels of conversation, which in turn means that much more potential for argument. Thing is, the South Africans who've drawn most attention to themselves this year aren't exactly new to the platform. And while some of them have reached new heights this year, others appear to be cracking under the pressure of Twitter's cooking pot. With that in mind, we've compiled a set of New Years' resolutions for seven...

  • Two SA comedians car guard in the US to buy iPhone and Xbox [video]

    There is no doubt that we all love tech gadgets. True enthusiasts might even tell you that you need them. All the same, tech gadgets offer convenience and good times. It is also true that our gadget love often leaves us reaching deep into our pockets. What jobs would you do for the latest gadgets? Read more: Could Mumford and Sons be to blame for all those baby pics polluting your Facebook feed? Well two South African comedians hired themselves as car guards in the US and tried to make some money. Nic Smal and Gareth Allison, the guys behind Derick...

  • 5 super serious digital trends to look out for in 2015

    Without fail, around November we start to see “Marketing Analysts” provide the top trends they predict for the coming year. I see these “Analysts” using this platform for speaking gigs, further writing opportunities and general fame, so I thought I would take some time out on a rainy Sunday and look into my crystal ball of future knowledge in order to tell you what to expect. 1. 2015 Will be the year of the mobile I know, I know we hear this every year but I’m telling you that 2015 is the year that mobile adoption is going to hit the...

  • Lion’s Head, Devil’s Peak and Northcliff Hill spark SA’s latest Twitter war

    Twitter's a cavalcade of strange people with even stranger opinions. Take the #ThingsLongerThanOscarsSentence trending hashtag yesterday after the Oscar Pistorious verdict if you need a yardstick. But perhaps even more strange are inanimate yet famous natural monuments that have garnered their own voices on the social network. I'm talking about Lion's Head, Devil's Peak and the Signal Hill noon gun -- part of Cape Town's distinguished silhouette. For those not familiar with the city's skyline, Devil's Peak and Lion's Head flank the flat facade of Table Mountain, while Signal Hill's noon gun is famous for firing a shot at noon daily. These...

  • 5 ways Seinfeld has squeezed its way back into our lives

    Hands up anyone doesn't love Jerry Seinfeld? Yup, we all love Seinfeld. We watch him and his band of misfits on reruns and laugh to our hearts content. Truth be told the show is kinda dated and we have new comedians trying to make us laugh on a daily basis. Yet, Seinfeld seems to be squeezing past the noise to grab our attention. Seinfeld is popping up everywhere, on social media and in our news streams; it's all over the place, it needs unity. So here goes. So here are some of the ways Seinfeld has used the web and...

  • YouTube is opening a school and it has an easy curriculum: listen, laugh and give

    YouTube is opening a school and wants you to listen, laugh and give. The School of YouTube will open from 8 to 12 September. Though YouTube has, since its inception, been a school for many things, it is now taking advantage of its use as a learning portal and they are doing it for a good cause. Who hasn’t gone to YouTube to find a video on how to install a program or how to set up a game? Ever thought that is a form of learning. After the ice bucket challenge, it appears that ways to raise funds are...

  • Could Mumford and Sons be to blame for all those baby pics polluting your Facebook feed?

    If you're in your mid to late 20s, chances are your Facebook news feed is increasingly filled with pictures of babies, oh so many babies. Now, you could just put it down to the fact that you're getting older, or you could do the obvious thing and blame Mumford & Sons. Yup, that's right: South African music comedy duo Derek Watts and the Sunday Blues, reckon British folk rock superstars are the root cause of all those baby pictures. Why? Well, it seems the combination of unusual stringed instruments, kick drum beats and slightly off key melodies just puts...