2 Chainz Meets a R1,2M Dog in “Most Expensivest Sh*t”

In the latest episode of GQ’s YouTube series “Most Expensivest Sh*t”, 2 Chainz took a trip to Los Angeles to meet some of the “best bulldogs on the planet.” After hanging out with a pair of puppies, both of which are worth upwards of R100,000, the rapper gets to meet an adorable French Bulldog called “Micro Machine”, who has a price tag of over R1 million, and has bred over half a million DOLLARS worth of puppies.

I hate to say this… but 2 Chainz is actually hella funny. I’m not sure if he’s aware of his excellent comedic timing, or if he is totally unaware of the fact that he could very well be a darn funny tv host of sorts.

I literally laughed out loud at the “Thug Life” part! Check it out:

2 Chainz really likes dogs, but would he actually drop 100 stacks on a puppy? Maybe—if it knows how to bathe and feed itself and it’ll live forever. See what happens when the rapper visits a bulldog breeder who charges top dollar for premium pups.

Best Will Ferrell & Kevin Hart Interview By Aussie Dude

The Footy Show star Beau Ryan got the chance to chat to Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart ahead of their new film release. Beau, being an Australian, decided to do things a little differently and challenged the two guys to an all-Australian quiz, the punishment for wrong answers being eating a spoon of Vegemite. If you’ve never had Vegemite – consider yourself lucky.

The result is pretty funny, as you can imagine. Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart seem totally game for anything and their facial expressions do say it all.

 

BMW i3 & i8

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The way we exist, move, and live in urban spaces is going to need to change. I feel like our generation is going to see a rate of growth and progress that not many other generations were lucky enough to witness. Cars were revolutionary when they were first created and sold over a century ago… but since then, not much has changed. The principles and basics of “the car” have stayed, and all we’ve really done is made them more comfortable and faster. A real evolution in transport and cars is needed if we’re going to really start caring about the environment and the world we live in.

BMW have dedicated the past few years to try and find a way to produce the most sustainable cars on the planet – and they’ve done it! This might be the first shift in the way we think about cars and how we plan on using them in the future.

I was lucky enough this weekend to be able to get behind the wheel of an electric car for the first time, the rear-wheel drive BMW i3. Being a petrol head – i was obviously a tiny but wary at first, and didn’t quite know what to expect. I feel like i need to start off by saying that the i3 exceeded every expectation i had, and managed to convince me that electric cars really are a viable (and cost-effective) alternative to petrol. I am genuinely beyond impressed!

Firstly, the BMW i3 is unlike any other vehicle on the road: carbon fiber, hemp interior, suicide rear doors and 100% pure electric powered. It also happens to be a seriously attractive vehicle – both the interior and exterior design make the car look and feel like you’re driving the car of the future.

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This also happens to be South Africa’s first widely available and commercially produced fully electric car. Up until now the market has seen relative success with hybrid vehicles, but the BMW has thrown so much research and tech behind the i3 that it doesn’t need a significant petrol engine to work.

Something that surprised me, but the more i think about it… the more it makes sense: the BMW i3 comes with an app where you can track things like the battery level, and you can also remote unlock it which is super convenient. If you opt to have a charging station installed in your home (which costs about +/- R25 in electricity to “fill” the battery) you can even be lying in bed and start the charging up just before you go to sleep.

Not only can you control its functions and keep track of the charging from your smartphone (or a dedicated smartwatch), the i3 will also park itself without anybody sitting in it while its active crash prevention system will try to avoid all sorts of collisions and bumps without you having to touch anything.

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From what was explained to me, you can get anywhere up to 160km range on 1 full battery charge, obviously depending on how you drive the car. There are two versions of the i3 available worldwide and here in SA, the BEV and the REx. The BEV is pure electric and the REx (which stands for Range Extender) has a small engine that works at keeping the car’s batteries running a little longer.

If you’re worried about an electric car feeling a little weak in the power department, i would definitely encourage you to go and test-drive the i3 because i know you probably aren’t going to take my word for it… this car is crazy powerful! 0 to 60 in 4 seconds, and with instantaneous torque delivery it means that you will almost always pull away faster than the car in the lane next to you. You put your foot down and the car launches forward like nothing i have ever experienced… and keep in mind that this all happens in a perfectly silent and smooth environment. It’s eerie at first, but once i got into my own car after the test drive, i found it a little slow, sloppy and unnecessarily noisy.

If you’ve got more questions about the car, or would like to take a look at the cost calculator that BMW SA have set up to see whether the i3 is in fact something that would suit your lifestyle and save you money, then head on over to their website: BMW i3 SA and if you’re keen to book a test-drive [which i would highly recommend] then you can do that here: BMW i3 Test Drive.

Quick Note: I also got to test-drive the BMW i8 which was an experience that i would struggle to put into words. It was terrifying, exhilarating, entrancing, and unbelievably unique all at the same time!

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PS: As beautiful as the i8 is, it is a R1.7 million supercar… the i3 is the electric car that is a relatively affordable replacement to the average city car, and will hopefully be driven in large numbers in the near future.

2Cellos Remake Muse “Hysteria” Inside Insane Asylum

2CELLOS AKA Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser have a been doing awesome remakes of popular songs on their cellos for a while now – and this latest arrangement sees them taking on ‘Hysteria’ by Muse. To add to the feeling of the song, the video was filmed at a real mental hospital in Pula, Croatia.

For best results, listen to this video in at least 720p… i’d recommend headphones too if you have them available. Anything less than 720p doesn’t do the sound justice.

#Barliament needs the language of PARTY

Earlier this week I posted a picture and a blog post with an image showing some of our most “well-known” political dudes and dudettes in a pretty unusual situation. In light of last week’s #SONA2015 it was even more of a surprise that pictures surfaced depicting Helen Zille, Jacob Zuma, Julius Malema, and an unidentified figure getting along famously with Juju playing along as the sand mermaid. SAND MERMAID! Hahaha. Sorry, i just feel like we should probably call him that from now onwards…

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On further investigation it turns out that the mystery man is in fact the Honourable TOPS Minister of Parties and Recreation. As usual the minister was doing what he does best, encouraging everyone to party-cipate.

In fact the TOPS Department of Parties and Recreation has the most important job in the country… to unite the nation under one language everyone can understand. A language called PARTY. Unlike the State of the Nation Address, PARTY was created by the people for the people and chronicled in the Drinktionary.

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You can help to unite the nation by insisting that Parliament make PARTY SA’s 12th official language. Sign the petition here.

The language that brings parties together.

Topless Tuesday… sort of

If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know that every Tuesday I go on a scavenger hunt of sorts across the net to find some of the very best images that will hopefully help you get through an otherwise boring work day. On my hunt this week – i found something that i don’t think i’ll ever be able to unsee!

Today, i present to you, the perfect Topless Tuesday. Make your own assumptions as to what is going on here… HAHA!

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Meet ADAM

South Africa hasn’t always lucky enough to have a extensive choice for people wanting to buy cars to choose from. I remember traveling in Asia (Hong Kong specifically) and being absolutely astounded at the sheer amount of brands, and different kinds of cars that they have to choose from. So every time i hear that a new type of car will be brought over to South Africa – it makes me a little excited. No more will we have only 4 or 5 small cars to choose from! And no more will we have to just stick to the same old brand as our parents did.

So it is with great pleasure that i can introduce a new car that is a month away from launching in South Africa: the Opel ADAM (named after Opel’s founder: Adam Opel). This new offering from Opel is a small and highly customizable car, with gadgets that you wouldn’t usually find on this class of vehicle.

The 7-inch colour touch screen boasts a state-of the-art multimedia system, and offers smartphone connectivity for Android and iOS smartphones. ADAM also integrates ‘Siri Eyes Free’ so you can use voice commands to use your phone and the infotainment system.

Through the link to your phone, the car’s multimedia system also includes Stitcher, a free app that lets you listen to radio shows and podcasts on demand from all over the world and, TuneIn, which provides live radio from more than 70 000 stations for free!

Besides all the music – there is also a unique GPS/navigation system on board. “BringGo” Navigation, which is a full, turn-by-turn, GPS-based navigation system that connects with your smartphone and uses 3D maps and text-to-speech.

South Africa is going to have three models: the entry-level Adam, Adam Jam and then the top of the rang Adam Glam. Each of the cars have a wide selection of customizable options/extras, accessories and a rather wide selection of colours.

If you aren’t convinced yet, check the promo video out:

For more information, here’s the South African Opel Adam site: Opel ADAM

 

How Do You Pronounce Mazda?

It’s no secret that i have a little bit of an obsession with cars. I can remember spending a vast amount of time with my dad as a kid either lying underneath a car examining its inner workings, or behind the wheel on dirt roads sitting on his lap and “learning” how to drive. I was sitting on his lap because i couldn’t have been older than 6 and my legs definitely weren’t long enough for me to reach the pedals. Cars have been an integral part of mine and my dad’s relationship.

When it came to me deciding on my first car, he was the first person i consulted. At the time, we narrowed it down to a few hatches that would suit my needs. After everything was taken into account; safety, after-purchase service, fuel consumption, looks, insurance, price, etc… we decided on a Honda Civic. I have not regretted that decision once since i bought that car.

On the short-list of potential cars were the predictable VW’s and even a Volvo, but the car that probably came the closest was the Mazda 3. It’s the perfect car for a young person, or pretty much anyone that’s working on a budget but still wants a decent looking car and one that comes standard with a lot of “extras” that you would pay for if you bought with another brand.

The 2014 Mazda 3 is an all new car, and they haven’t spared any expense on technology too. You can get: Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Obstruction Warning, High Beam Control, Radar Cruise Control and Smart City Brake Support. WHAT I WOULD GIVE FOR CRUISE CONTROL! Seriously.

Mazda in general have put a lot of effort into design over the last little while – and it shows. The Mazda’s don’t look like the kind of cars our grandparents would drive – which they used to years ago. Mazda in South Africa are also stepping out from under Ford’s shadow and are now officially independent. You can bet your bottom dollar that that means that the guys over at Mazda are going to go the extra mile to make you happy because they need to establish themselves as a strong and trustworthy independent brand in the country.

If you are in the market for a car – do yourself a favour and test drive a Mazda 3. Perceptions and pre-conceived notions aren’t going to help you when it comes to choosing a brand. Gone are the days when the only reliable car was a German one. The Asian car brands are working extra hard and offering way more in return just to prove that they can compete on the same level. Which they can!

If you want to book a test drive, all you have to do is go here: DRIVE MAZDA

And if i don’t have you convinced yet, check this clip out: Mazda 3 South Africa

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Did you know that you’ve probably been mispronouncing most of the Japanese car brand’s names? Here’s a handy video with a native Japanese speaker pronouncing them correctly. How many do you say correctly?

M-Net Movies Comedy Teams Up With YouTube

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I’ve got to say that the whole “singing for your supper” approach to competitions in South Africa is getting pretty tired. It’s sad to have to see talented comedians/musicians beg for “votes” to be able to get opportunities to perform.

M-Net Movies Comedy channel has taken a bit of a different route to try and showcase some local comedy peoples during their stand-up comedy festival this month. Four up-and-coming comedians created pre-rolls for YouTube, promoting the stand-up comedy festival on channel 104. Quite simply put, the one with the longest view time will win R10 000.00 in cash!

Now this is a little different to the usual way these things are decided, they’re using YouTube analytics to determine which pre-roll was watched for the most amount of time. Multiple views from the same device won’t count. So essentially the quality of the clips have to speak for themselves.

Watch the four clips below and tell me who your favourite is!

ALSO – if you ever need something to cheer you up, remember to tune into M-Net Movies Comedy (channel 104) for loads of stand-up on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 9pm this month (September).

I got the full schedule, but i thought i’d pick my favourites to highlight:

13-Sep-2014 21:15 ONE-NIGHT STAND 45: COMMAND PERFORMANCE: ELLEN DEGENERES
20-Sep-2014 21:45 TRACY MORGAN: BLACK AND BLUE
26-Sep-2014 21:00 CHRIS ROCK: BIGGER & BLACKER

PS: You should feel bad if you missed Robin Williams’ “Weapons Of Self Destruction” last week! It’s immense.

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