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Viral videos

  • Watch: part one of FailArmy’s best fails of 2016

    YouTube was pretty much designed for fail videos, with FailArmy being one of the most popular channels around. Now, the channel has uploaded part one of its "ultimate" fails of the year, showcasing some of the funniest and most ridiculous fails of 2016. Check out the full, 17-minute video below, which has already garnered over six million views. FailArmy says part two will be released on Friday (24 December).

  • YouTube Rewind celebrates the fun moments of 2016

    YouTube has had a good year. The video hosting site now has "almost one-third of all people on the Internet" using it. It's also now available in 88 countries, in 76 different languages. So to say that the site influences internet culture is a bit of an understatement. Looking back on the year that was 2016, YouTube's Spotlight account uploaded another edition of its YouTube Rewind video series, encapsulating the highs and lows of the previous 12 months. Featuring all the most viewed tracks in 2016 -- like Fifth Harmony's Work From Home, The Chainsmokers's Closer and Justin Bieber's Sorry --...

  • This drone video imagines South Africa as a beautiful, miniature toy set

    Drone videos are on the rise on the likes of YouTube and Facebook, with sales of these little winged wonders ever increasing too. But it takes some pretty deft skills to pull off a uniquely quirky drone reel. That's what drone pilot Luke Bell and video partner Hloni Coleman accomplished with this short flick. You may remember Bell thanks to this particular video of Cape Town, but his latest clip focuses on South Africa, and the country's cultural and natural beauty. Well, if South Africa was the coolest toy set imaginable, that is. "Our home and a wondrous playground for all...

  • Pornhub’s ‘Horny Little Christmas’ ad is more SFW than expected

    We've written quite a bit about Pornhub in the past, but not because of the actual site's content. Its Insights blog sheds some gloriously detailed analytics and statistics for the wider internet to gawk at. But when the site isn't curating numbers or building graphs, it's making hilarious advertisements for YouTube. This particular gem is a bit of a misleading one. It tells the story of a group of ordinary people scattered throughout a town all seemingly set to spend Christmas night alone, when suddenly Santa appears. What happens next is, well... surprisingly safe for work. The ad is ultimately punting the...

  • Another Stellenbosch bullying video makes rounds on Facebook

    Just when you thought the bullying videos were over for the year, another incident stemming from Stellenbosch has social media up in arms again. The new video, taking place once again at Stellenbosch's Luckoff High, was initially uploaded to Facebook by the Crime Intelligence and Community Awareness (CICA) page. According to CICA, the incident took place this week at Luckoff, and was sent to them by a follower. The video depicts a larger female pupil attacking a smaller female pupil. Although the video is just under 60 seconds long, a few punches are thrown before a male pupil steps in to...

  • Watch: SA keeper’s stunning goal goes viral globally

    We don't often see PSL football clips go viral, but we've got our latest example in the form of a late-match goal by Baroka FC's goalkeeper this week. Oscarine Masuluke successfully performed a bicycle kick against Orlando Pirates, scoring a goal in the 95th minute to draw level. A Moment of Brilliance from the Baroka FC GoalKeeper!!! #ssdiski pic.twitter.com/WzitRZkETX — #TRSSpecialist (@EdsoulSA) November 30, 2016 The goal has quickly captured the attention of international media, with footage appearing on Digg, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Sun, the Daily Mail and more publications. According to the Sowetan, Baroka FC has been "swamped" with calls from foreign...

  • Japanese slugger hits baseball (quite literally) through the roof

    Baseball is as big a sport in Japan as rugby is in South Africa, so when a player does something special, you're bound to hear all about it on Japanese social media. This was the case with Shohei Ohtani's piece of ridiculous skill and good-fortune. The Japanese slugger was facing fast balls from a tenacious and slightly wayward Dutch pitcher in the Tokyo Dome, when he decided to swing. And swing he did. Ohtani's remarkable baseball belter wasn't awarded a home run -- a grave injustice He caught the ball flush, it spiralled up into the air and into a 60cm gap in...

  • Fail Army’s October roundup shows exactly why we’ll miss Vine

    We know, we know. It's Monday so soon again, but it needn't be a slog. Well, at least your haven't tripped and fell into a kiddies swimming pool, or launched your friend head-first into an adjacent wall. Have you? Well, that's what these unfortunate examples of humankind had to deal with this month. In October 2016's Fail Army roundup, the channel documents some of the craziest, funniest and down-right stupid fails of the past 30 days. From guys putting scissors into plug sockets, to others belly-flopping from steep cliffs, and the occasional kitten landing on its courageous little face -- this video...

  • This craft beer parody is all too real to be a parody

    There's no denying that craft beer culture is huge around the world right now. And yes, South Africa is in on the trend, as the country plays host to loads of micro-breweries and craft brews. Like any trendy food/drink following, craft beer culture has its quirks, from obscure beer labels to hole in the wall locations and eco-hipster trappings. Want a good example? Take a stroll up Cape Town's uber-trendy Bree, Long and Loop streets, and you'll quickly understand what this video's getting at. Either way, this video, spotted first by Digg and published by Irish comedy sketch trio Foil Arms and Hog,...

  • Epic Rap Battles pits Trump against Clinton in cuss-filled clip

    The current US race for the White House has never been this entertaining or this frightening. Right in the golden age of social media, the elections have been covered in almost every guise -- from video to parody.  ith the elections just a few days away now, Epic Rap Battles is bringing the two together. Placing Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton, the two duke it out in a much more cuss-infused rap battle, fit with scandal references on both sides, catch phrases and of course, that wall. Speaking of a wall, EPB does seem to side with Clinton in this...

  • Drones can change lightbulbs now, making humans even less useful

    Sven, the pilot of drones, had a dream, and that dream was to change a faulty lightbulb using nothing but a drone. Ambitious? You bet. Over complicated? Uh, obviously. But still, it's the proof of concept that's enduring. Also, it sounds simple enough, right? Well, that's what Sven probably thought. After destroying nine lightbulbs and a poor, courageous drone, Sven somehow pulled off the unthinkable. He removed the faulty lightbulb and replaced it with a working lightbulb using nothing but a thumbstick-controlled quadcopter. That blonde joke has no credence now that drones can change lightbulbs The video, which is published on Sven's YouTube...

  • Icelandic hot spring bread is (probably) as tasty as it is crazy

    If you had a hot spring nearby, why wouldn't you use its heat as a makeshift oven? That's what one YouTuber found out when she visited Iceland (h/t Digg). It turns out that Rúgbrauð is an Icelandic specialty, being rye bread made by burying it near a hot spring. The spring's heat takes care of the rest, making for a truly badass way to bake your bread. The bread is encased in a pot and plastic before baking, of course. Still, a little sand in your mouth beats tasting that other Icelandic specialty, Hákarl. Check out the video below.

  • PPAP star Pikotaro to host AMA on 9GAG this week

    Like it or loathe it: it's damn difficult get away from the pineapples, apples and pens flooding the internet right now. That's perhaps thanks to one Japanese singer-songwriter in particular, Pikotaro. PPAP, and the video behind it, isn't everyone's cup of tea. After other internet-infamous hits such as Tay Zonday's Chocolate Rain, Rebecca Black's Friday, and Ylvis's What Does The Fox Say? you'll be forgiven for thinking that this is just another passing fad. Surprisingly, it's not that simple. After Pikotaro published the video on his equally-zany YouTube channel a month ago, PPAP has racked up over 24-million views. It's only now...

  • Avalanche rocking Himalayas peak caught on YouTube

    Climbing any of the the Himalayas' many peaks is dangerous enough, but what if you throw an errant avalanche into the mix? Well, you get a pretty awesome video, and a bunch of lucky hikers. Uploaded on 2 September and spotted by Traveller24, this particular video by YouTuber tmcanoe spies an avalanche rolling down a peak's face in the Tibetan range, creating a rather frightening thunder as it goes as well. The peak in question is 6000m Z1 in Zanskar, Tibet, which according to other hikers, has a history of randomly dropping lots of snow down its cliffs. This particular avalanche...

  • Arrival trailer and fashionable chickens: 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. Looking for some entertaining videos? We've scoured the internet for this week's stand-out clips -- check them out below. Personally, I enjoyed the Legend of Zelda clip as well as the trailer for sci-fi movie Arrival. That 360 swing gets a motor What happens if you add a motor to an already terrifying 360 swing? Bring fresh underwear if you have a fear of heights... A chicken wearing pants Why would a chicken...