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Viral videos

  • Voyage of Time and System Shock: 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. We scoured YouTube's charts and the rest of the internet for some of the coolest videos this week. So what did we find? Our highlights in this edition include a visually arresting documentary, getting a baby to clean the house and the System Shock reboot. A trailer for the Voyage of Time documentary is getting a ton of views. June's news bloopers are here, courtesy of News Be Funny. A new System...

  • Scared policemen, Irish songbirds and virtual coasters: 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. As for our first week's favourites? Well, a South African cop's reaction to a snake, and a VR-enabled rollercoaster are just two picks worth watching -- scroll down for all of them. A police officer lets out a huge scream when he discovers what the dog found... Irish football fans softly sing lullabies to a baby on the train. What happens when you combine rollercoasters and VR? Arguably the fastest F1 pit stop in history...

  • Norway’s consumer council reads app terms in live-stream

    Norway's consumer watchdog has decided to protest lengthy app terms and conditions by reading these policies out in a live-stream. The live-stream, which has been going on for almost two hours as of publication, will see policies for 33 apps being read as part of an #appfail campaign. The figure represents the average number of apps installed on a Norwegian's phone, the Norwegian Consumer Council explained in a press statement. The council said that to use apps you often have to waive your "fundamental" privacy, accept that the app will track you when it's not being used and that your personally identifiable data can be resold....

  • Family car in Kruger National Park smashed by stampeding buffalo

    South Africa's famous Kruger National Park can be navigated using personal vehicles, which makes impromptu animal sightings a fairly frequent occurrence. Although these tw0 YouTube videos depict a little more than a simple "sighting." The initial video was filmed by the car behind's dash cam, and shows a Volkswagen Polo sedan slowing to a stop to let a herd of buffalo cross the road. After the buffalo passed the car, it trundles forward slightly, which was probably the worst decision in hindsight. Spooked by two male lions, the herd storms back across the road and into the car, now parked in...

  • Here are the 10 top trending YouTube videos of 2015

    Ahead of the launch of its annual Rewind video, YouTube has announced its top trending videos for 2015. Based on views, shares, comments, likes and more, the list dance phenomenons, social commentaries, pranks, and late night TV moments. According to YouTube, this is the first year that a dance video has made the top of YouTube’s trending videos list. Four television moments have made the list this year, including three late night talk shows. The number of hours people spent catching up on viral late night show clips has nearly doubled in the last year alone,...

  • Adele’s new single hits 1m plays…an hour

    Adele's latest single "Hello" is blowing up. But you probably knew that. It's everywhere right now, but is showing especially big growth on YouTube. According to a press release issued by the online video giant "Hello" had been viewed 50 million times within 48 hours of going live. That makes it the biggest debut of any video on YouTube in 2015 and one of the most-watched music video debuts of all time. On those two days YouTube says, "adele hello" was by far its top search. The video garnered as many as 1.6 million views in a single hour,...

  • 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...