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Viral videos

  • New iPhone 6s ads showcase its camera and Siri’s hands free feature

    Continuing its vigorous plan to show off the iPhone 6s and its features, Apple has released three new ads to show off the camera and Siri's hands free capability. The camera ad highlights the device's 4k video recording and live photo feature, adding that users can now take, find and share a photo in a new way. The Siri ads feature Jamie Foxx and are playful and humorous. These commercials are nothing new from Apple, the company has long fancied the iPhone as having the best cameras. The Siri ads are to showcase the hands free feature of Siri....

  • ‘Son, we live in a world what has walls’: the comic genius of Afrikaans4Dummies

    Tom Cruise stands proud in his Navy uniform, hair immaculate, righteous anger flowing through his veins and turns to Jack Nicholson who is sitting in the witness box. Then in a voice straight out of Joburg’s Southern Suburbs or a Joule Street second-hand car dealership asks: “Colonel Jessop, did you order the Code Red?” All illusions are shattered and I challenge you not to burst out laughing. Welcome to the wonderful world of Afrikaans4Dummies, a YouTube channel that is dedicated to proving to the world “Why South Africans can’t do drama”. The channel has been up and running for over...

  • This JMPD officer is on her way to becoming a viral star

    When Johannesburg motorist Clive Naidoo was pulled over by the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD), allegedly for jumping a red robot, and started filming he would probably never have guessed that he'd turn one of the officers into a viral star. Well aware that she's being recorded, the officer provides a number of cheeky quips to Naidoo's assertion that his taxes pay her salary. As well as asking for an "increase next month", she informs him that she also pays taxes. “I pay tax,” the officer quipped back. “Then my tax pays who? Your maid? Don’t do that. I...

  • Watch this Aussie stunt rider surf a motorbike

    A motorbike surfing the waves of Tahiti: it's the kind of thing that seems like the result of a drunken bet. But for Australian stunt rider Robbie Madison, it's actually the culmination of two years of hard work and planning. Maddison, a world record holder across a number of disciplines, completed the ride seen in the video on a modified KTM 250 SX. Speaking to Transworld Motocross, Madison's mechanic Buddy Morgan said that the output of the bike wasn't as important as the size of the paddles on the back wheel and the shape and angle of the skis....

  • These are the Hollywood trailers that have YouTubers seriously pumped

    Trailers have always been important for a movie's success, but a decade's worth of YouTube has only increased the weight people place on a form that it somewhere between advert and art. The function of the trailer has changed too. Rather than getting people in cinemas to make a note of what they should watch next, the idea is to get people with a million other distractions into theatres in the first place. New research from Think With Google, conducted with Ipsos combined with data from Google and YouTube, highlights the growing influence of movie trailers on YouTube,...

  • The greatest SuzelleDIY parody, and why you should attempt your own

    The true success of a TV show, new idea or artwork can often be measured by the parodies it spawns. Think about it: Weird Al Yankovic has never spoofed an unsuccessful artist. Locally we don’t often witness good parodies of South African music or TV shows, partly because we’re incredibly sensitive about our ideas. That’s why when I first saw a YouTube parody of SuzelleDIY, I thought this should be a giant feather in Suzelle’s cap. She inspired someone to attempt the parody, she didn’t discourage it or had it taken down, and the story behind it is one that needs to...

  • 15 of the most WTF online videos to come out of South Africa

    The footage of a TransAsia plane clipping a bridge and crashing into a river has to be one of the most WTF moments of 2015. The video has been extensively shared on social media, and it continues to remain a trending topic. This has got us thinking about videos from South Africa, and which ones have made us go “Woah!!! Wtf?” The two most popular amateur video hosting sites frequently used by South Africans are YouTube and LiveLeak. If you type “South Africa” in their search bars, you will find hundreds of videos, many of which are of hijackings, car crashes, petrol...

  • Watch this hungry, hungry hippo torpedo after a speedboat [video]

    Hippos are the classic stereotypes of fat and lazy. Find them by the lake during an African Safari, and you'll see their round bodies chilling around, sleeping in mud with little birds resting on their heads and so on. Little do some people know, however, is the fact hippopotamusses hippopotami are actually incredibly fast animals, that can reach land speeds of up to 30 km/h. That's more than enough speed to catch up on your average human. And that they do: more than 3 000 people are killed by these amazing creatures each year, making them one of the...

  • Watch 86 of 2014’s biggest movies edited into 7 minutes [video]

    Movie fiends will let you know that watching movies is an expensive and time consuming habit. And now that filmmakers appear to be obsessed with lengthy movies, it is not unusual that you will find yourself spending three hours at the confines of a dark theater watching one movie. Luckily, thanks to a Vimeo user Joseph Reid we can now reminisce about what the year had in store for us in just a few minutes. Reid managed to edit and cram 86 biggest movies of 2014 into 7 minutes and 32 seconds. The video is brilliantly done. It intercuts between...

  • A GoPro captures a lamb chop’s ascent to space [Video]

    The GoPro has shot some amazing things but not in its developers' wildest dreams did it ever imagine this trip. A marketing team looking to promote a book titled Meat Space by novelist Nikesh Shukla strapped a GoPro on to a tandoori lamb chop and launched it into space. The team waited for the lamb chop to descend and they waited for five months. The balloon rose at 325 metres per minute for 95 minutes before bursting and dropping over in the market town of Hungerford, West Berkshire. After it had dropped from its flight, GPS contact was lost shortly...

  • Die Antwoord’s ‘Ugly Boy’ music video tops 1m views in first 24 hours

    Known for their catchy beats, controversial parodies and pushing taboos, South African rap group Die Antwoord's new video has topped 1 million views on YouTube since it was released one day ago. The song, called "Ugly Boy" from the group's latest album Donker Mag, shows Die Anwoord's Yolandi and Ninja doing their usual "freeky" dress-ups, face paint, contact lenses and costumes, together with a bunch of famous guest stars from Hollywood. You have to watch it yourself, really, but the video's a rather strange take on what seems to be a blend between horror and romance. Apart from Ninja doing the controversial...

  • 10 hours walking around as a drag queen, Skyrim character and white man

    Earlier this week Hollaback -- an organisation which works to combat public harassment -- made a video of a woman walking around in New York City in order to demonstrate the amount of verbal abuse taking place on the streets. Using a hidden camera and walking around for 10 hours, the organisation counted over 100 incidents of catcalling, whistling and inappropriate behaviours. While this 2-minute video rallied up over 20 million views in just a few days, it doesn't compare to the amount of controversy it led to all over the web and newsrooms. This included further harassment on both...

  • The latest OK Go music video is shot with a drone and it is beyond amazing

    In a just universe, OK Go, the American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, would be solemnly known as the deity of music videos. The group never disappoints when it comes to filming them. Remember the epic 'Here it goes again' or 'This too shall pass', 'Skyscrapers' or 'End Love'? Well, difficult as it is to believe, they have released a new video which is beyond epic. The new video is for OK Go's song 'I won't let you down' and it has all the hallmarks of a classic OK Go's video. It has a highly choreographed routine and more it...

  • Kiwi airline safety video goes viral, thanks to The Lord of the Rings of course

    Don't you just hate airline safety instruction videos? A necessary evil, few airlines have managed to make these clips or demonstration bearable to their passengers. Well, Air New Zealand seems to have cracked the code, by making one of the most boring video categories go viral. How did it do this? With The Lord of the Rings, of course. Riding on the fact that movie adaptations of JRR Tolkien's popular fantasy series were filmed in the country, the major airliner uses elves, hobbits, wizards and Uruk-hai to keep you glued to the clip. The airliner notes that the clip was...

  • Two kangaroos boxing in Australian suburbs is classically stereotypical [video]

    It can't get more Australian than this. On a quiet day on the Central Coast in New South Wales two Kangaroos settled a score on the street, and a human lurking by captured them on video. It is not clear what the gripe is between the two kangaroos and they did not bother to explain themselves either. Perhaps it's about street cred? The video comes without subtitles but we can easily imagine one of them saying: “I float like a butterfly and sting like a bee,” with the other grumbling in a Mike Tyson-like voice. Have a look: For those feeling...