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  • 7de Lol: We rank South Africa’s soapie extras

    The last time I watched 7de Laan was back in 2007 when I was trying to improve my Afrikaans. Felicity was paralysed, Neville was alive, and Errol had moved from grade eight to matric in a matter of months. So you can imagine my surprise when I found out that not only were all of those characters gone, but that the latest story line saw a group of idiots suffering a plane crash in Mpumalanga. Naturally, I had to catch up. The drama was ridiculous -- as was to be expected. But the rewatch reminded me of one of my favourite parts of soap...

  • Tinder gifts two people who have barely talked a trip to Maui

    Josh Avsec and Michelle Arendas liked each other so much that they never bothered to communicate -- and now they're being rewarded. After matching on Tinder in September 2014, the pair apologised back and forth for being too busy to chat. Hahahaha one day I'm going to meet this girl and it's going to be epic. Look at the dates of our tinder texts. pic.twitter.com/DASQK4c5cX — Josh Avsec (@Wes_03) July 8, 2017 Every month or two, one of the pair would check in to say that they were "in the shower" or "the middle of class". The gag ran on three years, with...

  • Here’s a hot dog meme compilation so that we can finally let him die

    I could write a think piece on the Hot Dog meme that's dominated the last few weeks on social media, but I value myself -- and you -- too highly for that. So here's a roundup of some of the best memes, accompanied by some facts. pic.twitter.com/l2wKu0hysc — ♡brittany♡ (@brittany_melone) July 4, 2017 Hot Dog is a filter on Snapchat that can be added to any photo and video. Its earliest appearance was on 23 June, when someone filmed their friend getting a nose piercing accompanied by the mascot. The ten second video has over 42 000 views on YouTube. Hot Dog then started harassing sleeping...

  • Donald Trump Jr posts emails of Russian collusion to Twitter

    Donald Trump Jr took to Twitter Tuesday to post a series of emails proving he had met with the Russian government during the 2016 campaign. The emails show correspondence with British-born entertainment publicist Rob Goldstone, who wrote on behalf of mutual friend and Russian popstar Emin Agalarov. Here's my statement and the full email chain pic.twitter.com/x050r5n5LQ — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 11, 2017 "Emin asked that I schedule a meeting with you and the Russian government attorney ," Goldstone wrote. He stated that the meeting was to "provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her...

  • Aiden the Zoologist is the best 8-year-old on YouTube

    Do you know that ants with big heads are soldiers and that smaller ants are voyagers? Eight-year-old Aiden the Zoologist does, and he's ready to share even more of his animal knowledge with the world. Aiden wowed Twitter last month when he passionately explained the wonders of tree bark and beetles to his older sister -- and now he's got his own YouTube channel to show us all what it's like to be young and curious and so damn smart. My brother is an animal genius and wanted me to share it w you guys. He titles this: Trees danger and other...

  • South African woman pushed down stairs by Airbnb host

    South African artist Zanele Muholi has shared a video to social media of a Dutch Airbnb host shoving her friend, Sibahle Nkumbi, down a flight of stairs. According to Muholi, the guests were "a few minutes late" for checkout when the host turned aggressive. The suspect was arrested and detained by police, and could face a charge of attempted murder. 2017.07.08: Amsterdam. One of my friends/ Inkanyiso crew members was pushed downstairs by the Airbnb owner where we stayed. He threw their belongings out ... for few mins late checkout. She collapsed and ended up in hospital. She suffered internal injuries...

  • South Africa’s box office: Spider-Man swings into first

    Spider-Man: Homecoming (review) came swinging into first this weekend -- but as an ultra-popular franchise, and the only big budget to debut, that was never going to be difficult for the superhero. Though Homecoming did not have the strongest global Spider-Man opening (that record is held by Spider-Man 3), it did pull in the biggest South African opener of the franchise. Unfortunately for Wonder Woman (review), that means her time as the newest superhero has come to an end. The Patty Jenkins film has fallen two places down to six, making this its first week outside the top five. The film is still 2017's top superhero movie,...

  • Man’s awkward reaction to sexy Harry Potter fan fiction is now on Twitter

    Shelley Zhang's friend thought he was reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when he was told that nowhere in the books does Dudley Dursley commit suicide because Peter Pettigrew had him under the Imperius curse. Naturally, Zhang had to take her friend's confusion to Twitter. Friend is reading Harry Potter for the first time. He suddenly realizes he's read a fanfiction Order of the Phoenix instead of the real one. pic.twitter.com/tKNgT6usi6 — Shelley Zhang (@shelzhang) July 10, 2017 It seems as if the friend was "gifted" a collection of the books (he almost certainly pirated them), but from Order of the Phoenix onward, JK Rowling's...

  • #G20: Here’s what the web thought of the global summit

    The G20 (or Group of Twenty) is an annual forum for the governments of 20 major economies to discuss policy issues around international financial stability. This year's summit was held in Hamburg, Germany, and was notable for a myriad of reasons -- including US President Donald Trump's debut at the summit, his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and a spate of violent protests that shook the city. Naturally, social media had a lot to say about all of it. The handshakes Donald Trump is notorious for his aggressive handshakes, in which he asserts dominance by yanking the other's hand towards him. Due...

  • Last week in trailers: Tennis-playing Shia LaBeouf, typewriting Tom Hanks & more

    San Diego Comic-Con is arriving in two weeks, so the time for blockbuster and franchise trailers is certainly not now. But if you're excited for smaller, more Oscar-baity films to be promo'd then, boy, is it your week. (If it isn't, here's a roundup of what to expect from the convention that opens 20 July.) Geostorm The only Big Budget you'll see on this list is Geostorm, the doomsday flick from the creator of Independence Day. Starring Gerard Butler, the film expects you to suspend your disbelief so far as to accept that missiles can stop hurricanes -- and you have got to admire that kind of tenacity. Catch Geostorm in...

  • History of Japan’s Bill Wurtz creates ‘Steve’ and a viral video

    Bill Wurtz has a notoriously surreal internet presence, from his "History of" videos to his weird "notebook" which are basically tweets but not... on Twitter. He has a weird Twitter as well. Now he's racked up over 1.4-million views on a video in just one day, and that video simultaneously makes no sense and all the sense in the world. "Hi, I'm Steve" has a very 2007 "i'm so random xD!" feel to it, denoting the life of animated Steve (just kidding, his name's not Steve).  Steve goes on adventures like climbing mountains, filing tax extensions, and unemployment. Many commenters have revered the...

  • Girl photoshops Ryan Reynolds into prom photos and a meme is born

    Gabi Dunn broke up with her boyfriend a few days after prom, but instead of letting her pictures go to waste she saw an opportunity to make them even better. My boyfriend and I broke up a few days after prom, so I decided to "edit" the photos a little @VancityReynoldspic.twitter.com/Ecvn5Wkgb4 — Gabi Dunn (@gabidunn99) July 4, 2017 Photoshopping in Ryan Reynolds, Dunn posted the images to Twitter, tagging the actor (and husband to Blake Lively). Six hours later, she had an endorsement from Reynolds himself, encouraging her even further. "#DontMessWithGabi," he wrote. We should photoshop me over his yearbook picture next. #DontMessWithGabihttps://t.co/o0qFBXvSNi — Ryan Reynolds...

  • Social media is real life [Opinion]

    Social media is real. It feels strange to have to say it so often, but social media is real life. Everything we hate about it, everything we love: it's all curated by human beings. And we're real. And what we do and make and see is real. This idea of a "real life" separate from what happens online -- the fact that IRL is a popular acronym -- is dangerous it doesn't allow us to properly address or analyse the way people use it. "He's not like that in real life," people say of Rob Kardashian after posting revenge porn to social...

  • Instagram Stories adds unique feature, Snapchat is shook

    Did Instagram just add a feature that Snapchat doesn't have yet? And is it actually pretty cool? Is it raining? In Cape Town? Okay, probably not, but the first two definitely happened. The Facebook-owned social network has announced a new feature that allows users to reply to stories with photos, videos or even boomerangs. The feature is included in the latest update, and is simple and user-friendly. To use it, users need only tap on the camera icon at the bottom of a story to take a photo or video. The feature includes all the frills of a normal story snap, including face filters,...

  • Rob Kardashian posts Blac Chyna revenge porn to Twitter, Instagram

    Rob Kardashian went on a Twitter tirade Wednesday night, posting nude pictures of ex Blac Chyna after she reportedly cheated on him in their family bed. Kardashian initially posted everything to Instagram, but moved to Twitter when his account was blocked presumably for posting nudity. Since Instagram shut me down everyone peep my twitter lol — ROBERT KARDASHIAN (@robkardashian) July 5, 2017 According to Kardashian, Chyna had sent him a video of her with another man in their bed "after just bought her 250k of jewelry ". He posted the video to Twitter. Along with the video were nudes that have since been...