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  • Sad Footballers tumblr shows just how awesome the internet is

    Every now and again a seriously amazing tumblr account emerges, restoring not only our faith in the internet, but our faith in the world as a whole. In order to be successful, a great tumblr needs to be the perfect combination of subtle satire, real life emotion, and current popular culture. Humanitarians of Tinder showed us how it's done a few months back with their witty commentary, ridiculous visuals, and sheer brilliant concept. Now a new player in the game for tumblr satirical glory has materialized, and football fans everywhere are taking note. Earlier this week the Guardian launched Sad...

  • Stephen Hawking shows he’s awesome while trolling John Oliver [Video]

    "You've stated that you believe there could be an infinite number of parallel universes. Does that mean that there is a universe out there where I am smarter than you?" "Yes. And also a universe where you're funny." As if it wasn't clear enough that Stephen Hawking is quite an interesting guy (from the theoretical physics to his character on The Simpsons), this video sorts out the confusion. It's the new segment of John Oliver's 'Last Week Tonight' where he interviews some of the world's smartest people -- starting with the famous author and cosmologist. During the interview, the two discuss...

  • 11 Burns that got left bloody and battered on the cutting room floor

    Every so often (that one time we were all too lazy to work) the Burn team get together to brainstorm what interesting, innovative sites we can add to our Burn family. We don't just wake up with great ideas like Ventureburn and Motorburn you know. Thoughts and research, lots of coffee and beer go into our strategy sessions. After much discussion we decided to let you have a look at all the Burns that didn't quite make the cut, were we wrong to not launch these? Tell in the comments HeartBurn: because our Miss Granger would love us to...

  • FIFA is the devil, but we worship it anyway coz football [Video]

    If you are like me and love football then this week is possibly more exciting for you than any other. The World Cup is here and the internet will soon lose its mind. But first, this viral video from John Oliver will get you in stitches. Oliver, host of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO, explains why he is excited about the upcoming tournament and South America's obsession with the beautiful game. Brazil is one of the world's most football fanatic countries and has produced some of the world's best players, yet the tournament has been marred...

  • Crazy inventor creates X-men Pyro inspired wrist mounted flamethrowers

    Modern day Victor Frankenstein, Colin Furze, is at it again, inventing a storm of X-men gadgets. The latest in his series of seriously dangerous toys is an ode to Pyro: a wrist mounted flamethrower. Furze is evidently an absolute genius with a death-wish. In addition to looking simultaneously terrifying and AWESOME, the flamethrowers double as a toaster, making them the perfect accessory for every superhero in the making. Because everyone knows that toast-on-the-go is an absolute must for any villain looking to capitalise on morning mischief. The police, on the other hand, might be burning with fury. Four years ago, Furze garnered a...

  • Use this browser extension to replace Julius Malema’s face with photos of rescue pets

    Tired of looking at shots of Jacob Zuma? Perhaps the numerous photos of Helen Zille on the campaign trail are getting too much for you poor eyes. Shame. How about some fluffies? It's possible, thanks to a nifty browser extension called Vote for Pets, which swaps out images of South African politicians with snapshots of rescue animals from Barking Mad. Released in the run up to the country's presidential elections, the tool aims to identify shots of politicians on everything from Facebook pages to Wikipedia and news sites, and seamlessly switch them with photos of adoptable cats and dogs from...

  • Facebook’s Oculus buyout has resulted in some brilliant memes: here are our favourites

    Ah the internet... always making jokes and finding the humour in every billion dollar acquisition. While Kickstarter backers of the Oculus Rift are losing their minds over the fact that the Virtual Reality startup just sold them down the Facebook river, the other side of the internet is finding humour in it. When you think about it, the Oatmeal pretty much called this acquisition a while ago and it seems that Hitler is not having it either. It's all just one big disaster really. We picked some of the choice memes that we feel express how the internet is...

  • 7 quick lessons you can learn from Phil, the guy screwing up your social presence

    As they both crossed the left leg over the right, Bob and Phil looked at each other knowingly: they were entrepreneurs, because it said so in their bios. “We’re going to have to go into social media, Phil. Everyone is talking about it.” “You couldn’t be more right, it is the logical next step for a music production company.” “Do we know anything about social media?” “It’s online, Bob!” He giggled. Bob hated when Phil knew everything, but that was almost all the time. Phil got online and had a good look and Phil found a wealth of information about...

  • #Biosdecoded: the best Twitter hashtag you’ll see today

    Ever wondered what someone means when they include the words "passionate about social media", "free spirit" or "views are my own" in their Twitter bio? Well a whole load of people, using the hashtag #biosdecoded think they have the answers. While the effort is admirable, and the people engaging in the task undoubtedly selfless, their translations haven't exactly been what you'd call consistent. For instance, "Model" could mean, "A mate once took some pics of me in a bikini" or “an ex took some nudie photos of me” (both could be true, we guess). Blogger meanwhile could mean...

  • From Yelling Goats to Doge: the top memes of 2013

    2013 marked a strong year for memes, mostly thanks to the antics of Miley Cyrus and the internet's healthy sense of humour. Below we've compiled what we consider to be the best of the best of 2013, but feel free to tell us what you would add to the list in the comments. Fake Interpreter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hCdtUxnOG8 Probably the boldest man of the year award goes to "sign language interpreter" Thami Jantjie, the man who stood next to the world's most powerful people at Nelson Mandela's funeral for hours on end and signed absolute gibberish. He might have offended deaf communities the world...

  • Fish rabbit car park: dubious Mandela memorial signer has a Twitter account

    Nothing is sacred on the internet, especially when there are 140 characters to go all Tourette syndrome with. Things get even more dodgy when the official sign language interpreter at a state memorial turns out be fake -- you know where this is going. Here is the gist: the signer at Nelson Mandela's official memorial service is apparently fake, so now there is a Twitter account (@MemorialSigner) tweeting unintelligible things, because we live in a world of parody. The internet is exploding with official and anecdotal reports about the incident and the Deaf Federation of South Africa is not impressed....

  • 11 extensions designed to make your web experience less annoying

    Spend long enough on the web and you'll find yourself regularly getting worked up into a frothed up rage. Sometimes it's over things we should be genuinely angry about, like injustices, horrific crimes and insane levels of corruption. A lot of the time though it's over a fairly trivial issue that you wouldn't even blink at if someone told you about on the street. It's not necessarily your fault that the web makes you so angry either (although we're not psychologists here, so it might well be). There are some that think the web might be changing us neurologically....

  • An open letter to social media managers: the Sinead/Miley edition

    This is a parody of the open letter musician Sinead O'Conner sent to Miley Cyrus in response to the starlet's video for 'Wrecking Ball'. Dear Social Media Manager, I wasn't going to write this letter, but today I've been dodging phone calls from various industry blogs who wished me to remark upon your having said on Memeburn your career was designed to be similar to mine... So this is what I need to say... And it is said in the spirit of fatherliness and with love. I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or...

  • BraaiPhone: the thinnest and lightest app ever made

    For South Africans, there seems to be nothing more cherished than the "braai" (barbecue). This week while the country was celebrating its Heritage Day (a good a occasion for a braai), beer maker Castle Lager got to work to bring technology along with the launch of its BraaiNation app. The app is introduced in an interesting video that takes on Apple's new device introduction style. According to Castle, the app "effectively transforms your Apple or Mandroid smartphone into the much-anticipated BraaiPhone". The app is apparently everything you would want in an app and it is "the thinnest and lightest app...

  • Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon show how stupid ridiculous hashtags are

    How many times have you used a hashtag today? Probably a lot. Hashtags have penetrated almost every social network, even Facebook has them and they have fast become one of the easiest ways to track a conversation online. People even use hastags in emails and text messages now. When will the madness end? Truth be told though they can get quite out of hand and some hashtags are just plane ridiculous (#havingthebesttimeonasofabedrightnow) and pointless. When you think about how many hashtags are used in a day, do you ever wonder what you would sound like if you had a conversation...