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Viral videos

  • Japanese slugger hits baseball (quite literally) through the roof

    Baseball is as big a sport in Japan as rugby is in South Africa, so when a player does something special, you're bound to hear all about it on Japanese social media. This was the case with Shohei Ohtani's piece of ridiculous skill and good-fortune. The Japanese slugger was facing fast balls from a tenacious and slightly wayward Dutch pitcher in the Tokyo Dome, when he decided to swing. And swing he did. Ohtani's remarkable baseball belter wasn't awarded a home run -- a grave injustice He caught the ball flush, it spiralled up into the air and into a 60cm gap in...

  • Fail Army’s October roundup shows exactly why we’ll miss Vine

    We know, we know. It's Monday so soon again, but it needn't be a slog. Well, at least your haven't tripped and fell into a kiddies swimming pool, or launched your friend head-first into an adjacent wall. Have you? Well, that's what these unfortunate examples of humankind had to deal with this month. In October 2016's Fail Army roundup, the channel documents some of the craziest, funniest and down-right stupid fails of the past 30 days. From guys putting scissors into plug sockets, to others belly-flopping from steep cliffs, and the occasional kitten landing on its courageous little face -- this video...

  • This craft beer parody is all too real to be a parody

    There's no denying that craft beer culture is huge around the world right now. And yes, South Africa is in on the trend, as the country plays host to loads of micro-breweries and craft brews. Like any trendy food/drink following, craft beer culture has its quirks, from obscure beer labels to hole in the wall locations and eco-hipster trappings. Want a good example? Take a stroll up Cape Town's uber-trendy Bree, Long and Loop streets, and you'll quickly understand what this video's getting at. Either way, this video, spotted first by Digg and published by Irish comedy sketch trio Foil Arms and Hog,...

  • Epic Rap Battles pits Trump against Clinton in cuss-filled clip

    The current US race for the White House has never been this entertaining or this frightening. Right in the golden age of social media, the elections have been covered in almost every guise -- from video to parody.  ith the elections just a few days away now, Epic Rap Battles is bringing the two together. Placing Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton, the two duke it out in a much more cuss-infused rap battle, fit with scandal references on both sides, catch phrases and of course, that wall. Speaking of a wall, EPB does seem to side with Clinton in this...

  • Drones can change lightbulbs now, making humans even less useful

    Sven, the pilot of drones, had a dream, and that dream was to change a faulty lightbulb using nothing but a drone. Ambitious? You bet. Over complicated? Uh, obviously. But still, it's the proof of concept that's enduring. Also, it sounds simple enough, right? Well, that's what Sven probably thought. After destroying nine lightbulbs and a poor, courageous drone, Sven somehow pulled off the unthinkable. He removed the faulty lightbulb and replaced it with a working lightbulb using nothing but a thumbstick-controlled quadcopter. That blonde joke has no credence now that drones can change lightbulbs The video, which is published on Sven's YouTube...

  • Icelandic hot spring bread is (probably) as tasty as it is crazy

    If you had a hot spring nearby, why wouldn't you use its heat as a makeshift oven? That's what one YouTuber found out when she visited Iceland (h/t Digg). It turns out that Rúgbrauð is an Icelandic specialty, being rye bread made by burying it near a hot spring. The spring's heat takes care of the rest, making for a truly badass way to bake your bread. The bread is encased in a pot and plastic before baking, of course. Still, a little sand in your mouth beats tasting that other Icelandic specialty, Hákarl. Check out the video below.

  • PPAP star Pikotaro to host AMA on 9GAG this week

    Like it or loathe it: it's damn difficult get away from the pineapples, apples and pens flooding the internet right now. That's perhaps thanks to one Japanese singer-songwriter in particular, Pikotaro. PPAP, and the video behind it, isn't everyone's cup of tea. After other internet-infamous hits such as Tay Zonday's Chocolate Rain, Rebecca Black's Friday, and Ylvis's What Does The Fox Say? you'll be forgiven for thinking that this is just another passing fad. Surprisingly, it's not that simple. After Pikotaro published the video on his equally-zany YouTube channel a month ago, PPAP has racked up over 24-million views. It's only now...

  • Avalanche rocking Himalayas peak caught on YouTube

    Climbing any of the the Himalayas' many peaks is dangerous enough, but what if you throw an errant avalanche into the mix? Well, you get a pretty awesome video, and a bunch of lucky hikers. Uploaded on 2 September and spotted by Traveller24, this particular video by YouTuber tmcanoe spies an avalanche rolling down a peak's face in the Tibetan range, creating a rather frightening thunder as it goes as well. The peak in question is 6000m Z1 in Zanskar, Tibet, which according to other hikers, has a history of randomly dropping lots of snow down its cliffs. This particular avalanche...

  • Arrival trailer and fashionable chickens: this week’s must watch viral videos

    Welcome to a new feature at Memeburn, where we take a look at videos worth watching this past week. Whether they’re viral, funny, amazing or just plain interesting, we’ve got you covered. Looking for some entertaining videos? We've scoured the internet for this week's stand-out clips -- check them out below. Personally, I enjoyed the Legend of Zelda clip as well as the trailer for sci-fi movie Arrival. That 360 swing gets a motor What happens if you add a motor to an already terrifying 360 swing? Bring fresh underwear if you have a fear of heights... A chicken wearing pants Why would a chicken...

  • Rogue One trailer and No Man’s Sky: this week’s must watch viral videos

    Welcome to a new feature at Memeburn, where we take a look at videos worth watching this past week. Whether they’re viral, funny, amazing or just plain interesting, we’ve got you covered. We've scoured the internet for some of the most entertaining and viral videos of the week, coming up with six gems in the process. As for standout picks? I'm partial to the Chinese lady reprimanding Chinese tourists, as well as that Rogue One trailer... A slightly NSFW No Man's Sky review Prominent YouTuber videogamedunkey gives us his take on No Man's Sky. A rant against Chinese tourists A Chinese woman in Thailand rails against...

  • Dunkirk and an epic ramen ad: this week’s must watch viral videos

    Welcome to a new feature at Memeburn, where we take a look at videos worth watching this past week. Whether they’re viral, funny, amazing or just plain interesting, we’ve got you covered. Put your feet up, because we've got six entertaining and/or popular videos lined up for you this week. An epic ramen ad, a new Christopher Nolan movie and Pokemon's theme song sung in 20 styles are some of the better picks in this edition. Who knew ramen ads were this epic? A guy accidentally gets shot with an arrow on America's Got Talent (1min50secs) A wind turbine catches fire and creates cool...

  • Rural skateboarding and SA tornadoes: this past week’s must-watch viral videos

    Welcome to a new feature at Memeburn, where we take a look at videos worth watching this past week. Whether they’re viral, funny, amazing or just plain interesting, we’ve got you covered. Another week has gone by, which means it's time to scour the internet for some entertaining and/or viral videos. My favourites? Well, there are otters trying to catch a butterfly and a mini-documentary on the Indigo Skate Camp in KwaZulu-Natal. Why should you fasten your oxygen mask before helping others? Conan O'Brien gets a badass Comic-Con costume made 3D printing plus vacuum sealing equals...? A family of otters trying to catch a butterfly That...

  • Pokemon Go gets the Honest Game Trailer it deserves

    God, we're getting sick of Pokemon Go. Granted, it's a cultural phenomenon that's sweeping the world, but enough is enough. Surely? We're kinda guilty of perpetuating the craze though. Head on over to Gearburn for more on the game's mechanics and inner workings, and have a look over here for Memeburn's reaction to the title. But today, we're featuring something a little more snarky than even our articles. Related: 10 examples of Pokemon Go going way too far on Twitter The folks over at Smosh Games got hold of Pokemon Go for an honest game trailer, and well, we results are pretty......

  • Funny magicians and crazy graphics: last week’s must-watch viral videos

    Welcome to a new feature at Memeburn, where we take a look at videos worth watching this past week. Whether they’re viral, funny, amazing or just plain interesting, we’ve got you covered. We searched the web and found some of the more entertaining videos of the week. Let's get on with it, then. Standout clips this time include a charming magician and classic videogame deaths in stop-motion. Popular YouTuber videogamedunkey with his take on Pokemon Go A socially awkward magician tries to fool Penn and Teller Stephen Colbert heads to the Republican National Convention The Unreal Engine 4 was used to make this life-like video A...

  • So much yes: ever see someone do a ‘backflip quadruple tailwhip’?

    I remember playing games like Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX and laughing at the absurdity of some tricks. "Yeah, right. Like a 720 double backflip is remotely possible!" I'd say. Well, the inaugural Nitro World Games event saw a ton of ridiculous tricks being pulled off, including a backflip quadruple tailwhip by Kurtis Downs. For the uninitiated, this means a backflip (of course) and during said backflip, the bike's rotated around the handlebars four times. All this in mid-air. Back flip 4 whip! Other ridiculous tricks include a double frontflip on a dirt bike and some ridiculous stuff on BMX bikes...