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Viral videos

  • This siamese kitten is absolutely ecstatic about the week ahead

    I love cats, but I find it surprisingly difficult to tell if they're having fun, or are genuinely distressed. Take this siamese kitten for instance. Already featuring on Imgur's front page, this particular YouTube clip snapped by Derek Zimmerman shows his sister's cat absolutely losing its mind in a scratch toy. We're not too sure if it's thrilled about its new fluffy, hollow tree home, or utterly terrified of the week ahead. A cat-whispering YouTube commenter poses the below stream-of-consciousness: What is this? I like it. It feels nice. Bite it? Scratch it? Roll around in it? What is this? I like it a lot. Feels good. Seems about right. The video itself...

  • ‘South Africa’s dumbest criminals’ go viral, social media gets racist

    Three Johannesburg men found viral fame when they attempted to break into a house while the homeowner stood filming them. The men are oblivious to the fact they've been caught and continue to pry open the gate with a crowbar until the Orange Grove homeowner clears his throat. The men, confused and unsure of what to do, look at each other before walking slowly away from the gate. The video posted by TimesLIVE on YouTube has garnered 76 000 views in just over a day, alongside the original posting on Facebook that has picked up near on 30, 000. It has been shared...

  • Durban’s North Beach promenade lashed by huge-little waves

    Visitors to Durban's North Beach today likely got wet whether they wanted to or not. The usually-busy beachfront was this afternoon lashed by huge waves which broke beyond the promenade, filling parking lots and nearby shops with salt water. Before you get worried though, no, it wasn't caused by an earthquake and resultant tsunami. Although, searching for "Durban Tsunami" in Google does bring up some interesting videos... Nope, Durban did not experience a tsunami earlier, but rather a large ocean swell The below clip was snapped by Rescue Care, and published to IPSS Medical Rescue's Facebook page. Another clip, this time snapped by Craig...

  • GoPro video lauds Namibia as ‘beautifully powerful’ surfing paradise

    Stuck in the office again today? Wishing you could be hitting the surf instead? Don't worry, GoPro is ready to rub it in with a postcard from Namibia. "Get tubed even if you're getting cubed" is the hardware and content company's latest call to action, at least in this adventurous, slightly sodden clip. Filmed in Namibia by surfers Alex and Koa Smith, the video showcases something that the desert country isn't often associated with -- water. "Between the animal life, contrasting desert weather and massive swell, the place has a very intense energy and it’s beautifully powerful," said Hawaiian Alex Smith,...

  • UP reimagines Pravin Gordhan’s Budget Speech as an adorable LEGO movie

    It's not easy to make something like the formulaic Budget Speech (however important it is) interesting for the average consumer. Sorry Pravin Gordhan. Mention something about "higher fuel costs" and some might pay attention, but can you remember the big numbers announced by Pravin Gordhan yesterday? The challenge to inject some fun into the speech and make it more relatable to the average citizen was taken up by University of Pretoria's GIBS Business School. Instead of simply narrating and explaining what the ten-figure digits mean using, you know... people, the school channelled its inner master builder. You know? Like the LEGO Movie? If...

  • Hlomela Bucwa, SA’s youngest parliamentarian, remembers ‘lost generation’ in fiery speech

    You might think South Africa's Parliament is filled with seasoned individuals who have sat through many a State of the Nation Address and Budget Speech, but it also plays host to parliamentarians like Hlomela Bucwa. At 24 Bucwa is the youngest member of the house, but you probably wouldn't have guessed on her confident, measured maiden speech given in Parliament yesterday. Representing the DA, she took to the podium to oppose NSFAS -- South Africa's student funding scheme -- and suggest a few alternatives of her own. Hlomela Bucwa is Parliament's youngest member at just 24-years-old Although many a parliament member might...

  • This video of Cape Town’s dams shows just how bad the water crisis really is

    Cape Town is running out of water, there's no denying that fact. This week, the City of Cape Town announced that dam levels are just over 35%, of which around 25% is usable. It sounds incredibly dire, and that's largely because it is. But words and numbers scantly do justice to the problem. Somerset West Drone pilot NicRed, noted this and took to the skies above four of the city's six largest dams -- Steenbras Upper, Voelvlei , the Berg River and Theewaterskloof -- to capture footage of the leaking water stores. "I have been collecting this footage over the last 20...

  • Someone turned Donald Trump’s tweets into a beautiful emo song

    From YouTube channel Super Deluxe comes your new favourite emo song for when you're feeling that presidential teen angst. Picking up on the number of complaints Trump has tweeted post-election despite winning, the team "noticed that @realdonaldtrump's tweets are basically the lyrics to an early 2000s emo song." Super Deluxe posts everything from makeup tutorials to compilations of politicians avoiding questions, but this time they've likened Trump's tweets to the angry teenager who stomps into their room, slams their door and flips their fringe after a long day of no one understanding them. Donald Trump as an angst-filled teenager is the hilarious vision of Super Deluxe YouTube channel The channel...

  • Apple iTunes to debut James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke: The Series

    Apple revealed last night that it has finally picked up Carpool Karaoke as a stand-alone series. The Late Late Show with James Corden's segment has garnered around 1.2-billion views on YouTube, and the episode with Adele was the most watched YouTube video of 2016. The segment features the charismatic James Corden driving through the streets of Los Angeles with A-list musicians, belting out their greatest hits. It provides another side to major celebrities, away from the audiences and publicists that usually surround them. Carpool Karaoke: The Series will be produced by CBS but feature on Apple's iTunes Watching Adele rap Nicki Minaj's verse in 'Monster' or ordering...

  • Watch John Wick’s dog kick major ass in ‘Dog Wick’ trailer

    Okay, so John Wick is a pretty great flick about a man's deep, unyielding love for his dog. But what about Daisy's love for John? When the tables are turned and (spoilers) John is killed in the end, would Daisy hunt down the mobsters and avenge her fallen human? You damn right she would. In a spoof trailer created by YouTube's RocketJump team, the bad guys kill John Wick's dog's human, which in this universe is one thing you definitely don't want to do. Dog Wick is the movie all dog and action movie lovers know they want Featuring hand guns, high-explosives, and...

  • This Skittles-sorting machine is 2017’s most important invention

    As a kid, I'd often spend a few minutes after cracking open a box of candy to sort the colours individually, but thankfully, my children won't have to go through that turmoil. As luck and technology would have it, the world now has a Skittles-sorting machine of the highest degree, thanks to YouTuber and tinkerer Willem Pennings. Spotted by TechCrunch, the machine rather efficiently sorts through the various colours of Skittles (or M&Ms), plopping each distinct colour into their own little bowls. No human intervention is required. Never will your Skittles or M&Ms be jumbled again, thanks to this invention According to...

  • Lady Gaga slays Superbowl halftime show with disco-drones

    One reason to watch the NFL's Superbowl -- even if you have no idea how American Football is -- is the halftime show. This Sunday, Houston hosted the 51st edition of this prestigious sporting spectacle, oh, and the small matter of a Lady Gaga concert too. Although it only lasted a quarter of an hour, the Manhattan-born singer-songwriter performed a pretty damn incredible medley of her most famous hits, including Just Dance, Poker Face, Born This Way and Million Reasons. Mind, Million Reasons -- a slow piano-driven ballad -- was performed after running around the stage, jumping off pedestals and flying...

  • This patriotic chicken can play the keyboard, inspire a nation

    Remember Keyboard Cat? Well, he might finally have a spiritual successor, but it's not a fellow feline. A video posted by YouTube channel Two Creative Chicks features a chicken, a chicken with a very particular talent. She can play America The Beautiful on the keyboard. Okay, so perhaps the chicken is better than Keyboard Cat. For one, she is actually deeply patriotic. And two, she clearly doesn't actually need its owners' help. While it all seems to be a rather cruel joke when the clip begins, the fowl soon gains its composure, and pecks the relevant keys almost acceptable time with remarkable...

  • Jon Stewart compares ‘pathological’ Donald Trump to Emperor Palpatine

    Late night shows have had plenty of material since Donald Trump was inaugurated as US president. Hell, even prior to that, to be fair. But one commenter we haven't heard of much is Jon Stewart. Since retiring from The Daily Show, leaving Trevor Noah at the helm, Stewart has been rather scarce. That is until now. Jon Stewart made a surprise appearance during last night's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to read out some executive orders from Donald Trump himself. By Trump himself, we mean Stewart with a dead weasel on his head and a ridiculously long tie. Memes, obviously. Jon Stewart,...

  • This crazy Bedfordview hijacking video has gone viral on SA YouTube

    A new clip published to YouTube this week shows just how dangerous parking your car in South Africa can be. The clip in question documents an attempted hijacking in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, and it looks like it could be a deleted scene in Taken. A Mercedes driver pulls into a driveway in the suburb, and is greeted by a security guard. But it soon gets a little bit too real. A blue Volkswagen Golf pulls up behind the Mercedes, drops off a passenger, and promptly pulls away. The passenger, seemingly innocuous at first, pulls out a gun, causing the security guard to...