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Viral videos

  • Watch a kayaker get slapped in the face by an octopus-wielding seal

    They say practically every animal is designed to kill things -- including humans -- in Australasia. A recent viral Instagram post proves this theory. In a video captured off the coast of New Zealand, a kayaker was slapped in the face by a hungry seal attempting to kill a desperate octopus. Yeah, you can't make this stuff up. "Yes I got slapped in the face with an octopus by the seal! I know crazy right," wrote Kyle Mulinder on his Instagram post. "After a fun paddle around the peninsula catching waves we spotted a giant male seal fighting an octopus. Before we knew...

  • Video: Hey Cape Town, it’s officially snowing on Table Mountain right now

    Well, here's something you don't see often, let alone in September. On Wednesday morning, the Table Mountain Cableway on Instagram reported that snow had begun falling at the Upper Station near the mountain's summit. A video was also included for non-believers, and those experiencing immense FOMO. "Christmas has come early at the #Cableway ... it's 2 degrees at the summit of #tablemountain and it's snowing," the company wrote in the post, published around 11am Wednesday. View this post on Instagram Christmas has come early at the #Cableway ... it's 2 degrees at the summit of #tablemountain and it's snowing 😎 A post shared by...

  • Watch: Typhoon Mangkhut wreaks havoc in Hong Kong

    Last week, at least seven cyclonic storms were active in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. While all the news focused on Hurricane Florence which clattered into the US east coast, fiercest storm was making landfall just south of Hong Kong. When Super Typhoon Mangkhut finally struck China, it lashed Hong Kong with 180km/h wind and driving rain. Can't quite wrap your head around that number? That's more than enough power to rip a crane from a building in Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong. Scaffolding collapse at a building site in Kowloon pic.twitter.com/O69ILlXOJr — 高地柏啲 (香港) (@HighlandPaddyHK) September 16, 2018 This video was viewed over 1.4-million...

  • Cape Town’s the real star of Apple’s Watch Series 4 ad

    Apple may have been trying to showcase its new Apple Watch Series 4, but its one filming location in particular glimpsed within its new ad that piqued our interest. With "Hokey Pokey" playing in the background, the ad tracks the daily movement of people across the world, all doing what they seemingly love. However, if you look at little closer, you may spot a Table Mountain or two. A large portion of the advertisement was filmed in Cape Town. Bo-Kaap, the CBD, the Atlanic Seaboard, Hout Bay, and Camps Bay beach are all visible in the heavily-cut 60 second clip. "Apple Watch has...

  • Nando’s latest ad throws shade at South Africa’s brand campaigns

    If you thought Netflix nailing DStv was harsh, or Cell C mocking Rain's LTE service was crude, you're going to love Nando's shade at practically every brand in South Africa. In its latest ad posted to Twitter, the food firm takes aim at brands' lavish and often esoteric advertising campaigns. "Is this how we sell things now? Mxm. There’s more than one flavour to South Africa," Nando's chides on Twitter. Front and centre is an allusion to Absa's (sorry "African Nasti") recent brand refresh, adopting a similar logo and font. Aesthetically rich marketing campaigns are also slated, including those with face paints,...

  • Watch: Sutherland looks like Siberia in this frigid YouTube video

    You'd be forgiven for thinking that the sleepy Northern Cape town of Sutherland is not in South Africa. This weekend the usually frigid settlement became a winter wonderland more akin Siberia than the outer Karoo. A strong cold front, which plunged much of the Western Cape into a live action scene from Frozen, also dusted Sutherland in snow. The scene, shared by the South African Astronomical Observatory, was captured by Willie Koorts and shows just how desolately beautiful Sutherland is, even in the midst of a snowstorm. "On the morning of 26 August 2018, people at the South African Astronomical Observatory woke...

  • WATCH: dramatic video of Cape Town cash-in-transit heist emerges

    Cash-in-transit heists are no longer a Gauteng phenomenon judging by a dramatic morning on Cape Town's Flats. On Monday around 9pm along the city's busy Jakes Gerwel Drive a cash transit vehicle was attacked. Details are scant at this point, but the aftermath of the heist was clear: the vehicle's flank was torn apart, while cash bills were strewn across the rain-sodden road. Upon hearing the commotion, some onlookers got out their phones and recorded the incident. Clips then made their way onto Twitter and Facebook. Popular group @TrafficWC reposted one of these videos on Facebook which has garnered some 2600 views at...

  • Viral video: 22-year-old ‘Spiderman’ saves dangling child in Paris high-rise rescue

    Some world leaders regard immigrants with the utmost disregard, but in Paris this past weekend, a 22-year-old Malian national did something pretty damn incredible. As a toddler hung from a fourth storey balcony just moments from death, 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama leapt from the ground, pulled himself up floor by floor and scaled the balcony railings to save the kid. This sentence doesn't do his efforts justice, so just watch the clip. Les héros ne portent pas de cap. 👏👏 #Paris pic.twitter.com/QrOn3YB4Q7 — •NubiΔΠ• (@Adil__Brown) May 27, 2018 From another angle. Holy shit, this guy is amazing. What a hero. https://t.co/XVWbaULkFp pic.twitter.com/hHnF150XL5 — Hannah Jane Parkinson...

  • Did Barack Obama really say ‘Stay woke, bitches’ in this viral video?

    "Thank you. And stay woke, bitches," is not a quote you'd normally attribute to former US President Barack Obama. But filmmaker Jordan Peele just made this a reality, by using intelligent visual trickery. Okay, that isn't the most pertinent takeaway from this story. Peele, the mastermind behind megahit Get Out, this week demonstrated how AI technology could be used in digital warfare. Teaming up with Buzzfeed, his Monkeypaw Productions team created a fake public service announcement delivered by AI Obama, to show just how artificial intelligence and visual editing tools could be used to spread misinformation in the future. And it's scary. Not only...

  • Watch this Arctic murder floof sniff a human for 105 seconds

    The Arctic fox is a cute little critter. Not only does it keep up to speed with seasonal fashion trends, it also has a fascination with humans. This particular bugger, captured by a National Geographic film crew, enjoyed human company for a little longer than most wild animals usually do. In the clip, uploaded on 2 March, the Arctic fox is seen sniffing the subject's boots, licking its chops, and likely plotting which murder hole it'll drag this large camera-wielding morsel into. Tell this Arctic fox it isn't cute. We dare you But regardless of the fox's intentions (okay, it's probably just...

  • Fergie gets the internet talking after spicy US anthem performance

    Singing the US national anthem at a sporting event is a great honour. At this weekend's NBA All Star game, said honour was bestowed on Fergie. Yep, that's right. Fergie of Black Eyed Peas and "M.I.L.F. $" fame. As far as the anthem goes, she didn't forget any lyrics, nor did she fluff any lines. But she did provide the United States with one of the most divisive anthem performances ever. You might want to listen to it below to form your own opinions. The internet however has already forged ahead with the commentary. And Americans almost immediately forgot all about the basketball...

  • Video of man watering goose on Clifton Beach goes viral

    Cape Town's humans are eagerly seeking new, reliable water sources, but what of its animals? A video published to Facebook this week tells a rather adorable story of how an Egyptian goose found water... from the hand of a Clifton beachgoer. Published on Joel Graham's page, the clip isn't very long, but does show him cupping his hand, throwing water from a bottle into it, and allowing the goose to drink from the makeshift bowl. "An Egyptian Goose landed on Clifton beach. We calmly approached each other. I offered water for her to drink. She drank then she flew off," he wrote. The...

  • Watch: Casey Neistat’s latest vlog is a mini love letter to Cape Town

    We've seen a slew of celebrities hitting Cape Town's shores this holiday season, and vlog pioneer Casey Neistat was no exception. The New York-based YouTuber's latest video tells the story of his family's journey from New York to Cape Town, connecting through Doha and Johannesburg. And while watching Neistat's little one running around the plane untamed is entertaining, the video -- for Capetonians at least -- only really begins about four minutes in. "Travel is never easy. It was fun being together as a family. And now we are at our favourite place -- Cape Town," Neistat captions in the video, fronting...

  • Watch: Sassy Namibia invites Americans to visit its ‘shithole’ country

    They say no publicity is bad publicity, and they may be right in the case of Namibia. This week marked the second time the country has been the recipient of an insult from US President Donald Trump. But it seems that calling African countries "shitholes" was the last straw, at least for one Namibian. A YouTube video published by German-Namibian rapper EES takes Trump's remarks and transforms them into a novel tourism reel. Wearing the putrid adjective as a badge of honour, the video paints Namibia as a hotbed for potential visitors, alluding to its various destinations shaped like shitholes and elephants...

  • Uncovering the science behind the internet’s best viral video trends

    How often do you think about the sheer coincidence of your existence? The fact that that you were the sperm that reached the egg, that you were born to your specific family in that country in this time period? Your life is a mixture of very specific moments in history coming together to create right now. Ready to take that concept and make it less deep? The same is true for viral videos. And while we can't explain all of the random events that led to their existence, we can explain (or give educated guesses on) some of the science. So here's what...