Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

YouTube viral videos of October

5. Telekinetic coffee shop surprise

This telekinesis prank video has over 46-million video views and is the fifth most watched YouTube video in South Africa this month. It is well-executed and pretty funny – who doesn't enjoy watching the reactions of unsuspecting members of the public when presented with an impossible scene such as a person flying against the walls of a New York City coffee shop?

4. Gauteng e-tolls make no sense

We want to say we are surprised, but we really aren't. Gauteng residents specifically are pretty obsessed with the imminent threat of e-tolls. We don't know anything about the author Songezo Nosipho, but his six and a-half-minute animated explanation of why e-tolls are unreasonable has garnered nearly 300 000 hits.

3. NEWSNIGHT: Paxman vs Brand – full interview

Who doesn't love Russell Brand? In this highly entertaining interview, BBC Newsnight's Jeremy Paxman talks to Brand about voting, revolutions and beards. Brand holds his own and proves he's no idiot as he voices his alternative ideas on politics. "Most politicians don't lay a glove on Paxman. Brand made him look uncomfortable and faintly ridiculous," the Telegraph noted about the interview. With 8 337 052 hits in the last week, this video is getting some serious interest worldwide.

2. Betty White spoofs Miley Cyrus's Wrecking Ball video

This video may only have 1 645 831 hits, which is quite little by global YouTube hits, but South Africans clearly love it. The 91-year-old American actress and comedian Betty Marion White has a good go at taking the mickey out of Miley Cyrus's ridiculous Wrecking Ball song.

1. Gold Digger Prank

In the number one YouTube viral video spot is another prank video – this time at the expense of a rather shallow gold digger. One of the creators of the video explained it: "So I went out to film how to pick up girls … but Roman, Dennis and I decided to do a little twist … the video speaks for itself check it :)." OK, he's not the most articulate of people, but the video is funny. Published on October 15 2013, the video has already garnered 26 544 650 hits.

Subscribe for R500/year

Thanks for enjoying the Mail & Guardian, we’re proud of our 36 year history, throughout which we have delivered to readers the most important, unbiased stories in South Africa. Good journalism costs, though, and right from our very first edition we’ve relied on reader subscriptions to protect our independence.

Digital subscribers get access to all of our award-winning journalism, including premium features, as well as exclusive events, newsletters, webinars and the cryptic crossword. Click here to find out how to join them and get a 57% discount in your first year.

Lauren Clifford-Holmes
Lauren Clifford-Holmes is the multimedia editor and is in love with life behind the lens. Working in both video and stills, she seeks to tell the stories which matter most — from work relating to the environment, the rhino wars and social issues, to arts and entertainment. She's energetic, passionate and hardworking. She also happens to be a big fan of dress up parties and is mad about boxing training and horses.

Related stories


If you’re reading this, you clearly have great taste

If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to the Mail & Guardian for less than the cost of a cup of coffee a week, and get more great reads.

Already a subscriber? Sign in here


Subscribers only

Fears of violence persist a year after the murder of...

The court battle to stop coal mining in rural KwaZulu-Natal has heightened the sense of danger among environmental activists

Data shows EFF has lower negative sentiment online among voters...

The EFF has a stronger online presence than the ANC and Democratic Alliance

More top stories

Kenya’s beach boys fall into sex tourism, trafficking

In the face of their families’ poverty, young men, persuaded by the prospect of wealth or education, travel to Europe with their older female sponsors only to be trafficked for sex

High court reinstates Umgeni Water board

The high court has ruled that the dissolution of the water entity’s board by Minister Lindiwe Sisulu was unfair and unprocedural

Mkhize throws the book at the Special Investigating Unit

It’s a long shot at political redemption for the former health minister and, more pressingly, a bid to avert criminal charges

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…